Stories

 

Fostering over 100 Children
Just Ask Mom, episode 20
A foster and adoptive parent shares her experience of caring for  her biological, adoptive and foster children.

You are everyone you’ve ever been”
Just Ask Mom, episode 19
Diana shares her experience mothering a 17 year old daughter with anxiety and depression.

Bipolar in the Teen Years and Beyond in Rural Iowa”
Just Ask Mom, episode 18:
Jill discusses caring for her son whose bipolar disorder surfaced during the teen years. She describes the lack of resources in rural Iowa, the criminalization of mental illness and how that affected her family. She explains how this journey as a mother makes you learn who you are as a person and how strong you can be.

“It Doesn’t  Have to be this Way”
Just Ask Mom, episode 17:

In this episode, we listen to Melissa, a mother from rural Iowa, share her story about raising a son with severe depression. Please be advised that this interview discusses suicide and may be triggering for some of our audience.

“Miss Diva on Raising a Child with Schizoaffective Disorder”
Just Ask Mom, episode 16
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In this episode, we listen to Miss Diva from the USA speak about raising sons with Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar, ADHD,  PTSD and Seizures in the African-American community. Please be advised that this interview contains  content about domestic abuse and may be upsetting for some audience members.

“Tank Mentality”
Ask the Advocate, episode 6: 

In this episode, we  hear from John “Tank” Miller of Delaware. A Family Advocate and father of a 19 year old with mental health challenges, John discusses his mental health advocacy through social media and how he uses “Tank Mentality” to provide those with mental illness encouragement every day.

“Advocating for Foster Kids”
Ask the Advocate, episode 5: 

In this episode, we listen to Andre Minett, a father of two, husband, and social worker. He discusses his experience advocating for foster children and his own experience as a father with a child with health condition.

Just Ask Mom, episode 15: In this episode, we listen to Cheryl who overcame and found the new Cheryl.  This mother of three shares her powerful story of overcoming trauma and serious illness to advocate for her children with special needs. Please be advised that this episode contains discussion of sexual abuse and a suicide attempt.

“The difficulty of getting the right diagnosis and juggling work and care giving” Just Ask Mom, episode 14: In this episode, we listen to Suzette Southfox, a Southern California parent of a 19 year-old son with depression, anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She tells us about her over ten-year journey with children’s mental health. She discusses the importance of honoring the strength of our children and others with depression who fight each day to get out of bed.

“Shanta: Mother, Clinician and Advocate Shares her Story”
Ask the Advocate, episode 4:

In this episode, we listen to Shanta, a mother of three, clinician, advocate and proponent of self-care. She discusses raising a daughter who struggles mood disorder and suicidal ideation.

“Raising Children with Both Visible and Invisible Disabilities”
Ask the Advocate, episode 3:

In this episode, we listen to an advocate with MomBiz Boss and a mother of children who experience developmental and mental health challenges. She speaks about being a mother of color and the experiences of raising children with both visible and invisible disabilities.

Ask the Advocate, episode 2: Tiwanna Bailey, the Founder and CEO of HYPED4U, a mentor, and advocate for mental health and other disabilities share her advocacy journey.

“Fidelia’s Journey to Advocacy: From Incarceration to Family Advocate”
Ask the Advocate, episode 1:

Fidelia, a Northern California mother of two sons with behavioral challenges and a 11 year old daughter with anxiety, discusses her journey with mental illness, motherhood and advocacy.

Just Ask Mom, episode 13: Bree Jackson, a mother and autism advocate from middle Georgia speaks about importance of insurance coverage for invisible disabilities.

Just Ask Mom, episode 12: A mother of two sons with behavioral challenges and an 11 year old daughter with anxiety speaks about her journey from her own mental health challenges to motherhood to advocacy.

Just Ask Mom, episode 11: A mother of three and Family Partner with North Carolina Families United discusses the barriers families face when trying to get mental health services for their children. She shares her own experience of moving her family to another county in order to get mental health services for her child.

“Rebuilding the ‘Map’ of a Child’s Brain After Trauma”
Just Ask Mom, episode 10
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A father speaks about adopting a son from foster care with RAD (Radical Attachment Disorder).

“Asperger’s, Bullying, and Unsolicited Advice”
Just Ask Mom, episode 9
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A mother speaks out about her son’s reason diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and bullying.

“Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and What a Good Day Looks Like”
Just Ask Mom, episode 8:

A mother of three discusses her son’s Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD).

“Filling up your Cup, so it can run Over for Others”
Just Ask Mom, episode 7
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Alissa, a mother of five kids with special needs, discusses how self-care is a critical component in caring for others.

“When They See Your Child as ‘Different’ and Turn Away”
Just Ask Mom, episode 6
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A mother and Grandmother of a young boy with Tourette’s discuss the importance of having a support network.

“Raising her Grandson after he Experienced Abuse”
Just Ask Mom, episode 5
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A grandmother shares her story about taking in and raising her grandson after he experienced abuse.

The Importance of Not Taking your Child’s Behavior Personally
Just Ask Mom, episode 4
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An adoptive mother of two sons from foster care talks about the importance of not taking your child’s behavior personally, the gift of adoption, and the importance of laughter.

“Raising a Young Son with Tourette’s Syndrome”
Just Ask Mom, episode 3
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An Iowa Mother talks about raising a young son with Tourette Syndrome, the importance of building relationships and community for support and the importance of self-care.

“On Raising Children with Schizophrenia Decades Ago”
Just Ask Mom, episode 2
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A mother and advocate talks about raising a child with schizophrenia, coming to terms with the diagnosis and self-care.

“Raising a Son with Schizophrenia”
Just Ask Mom, episode 1
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Anna speaks about her experience raising her son with early-onset schizophrenia.