26 episodes

Dear Family, is a podcast about our complicated families, parenting and achieving mental health- especially when mental illness runs in the family. Dear Family, is a love letter meant to stop you from writing yourself or your loved ones off.

Join Rachel Steinman- a writer, educator, and mental wellness advocate, along with her guests in an honest and open conversation to find community, healing, understanding, and compassion. Besides practical advice, plan on laughing and maybe even crying. And besides feeling uplifted, maybe you'll even look forward to your next family gathering.

Think of “Dear Family” as an intimate conversation you’d have when you confide in your sister or brother. Or better yet, with your best friend, who we all know is your chosen family anyway. After all, we are only as sick as our secrets, so we might as well speak up.

Dear Family, Rachel Steinman

    • Mental Health

Dear Family, is a podcast about our complicated families, parenting and achieving mental health- especially when mental illness runs in the family. Dear Family, is a love letter meant to stop you from writing yourself or your loved ones off.

Join Rachel Steinman- a writer, educator, and mental wellness advocate, along with her guests in an honest and open conversation to find community, healing, understanding, and compassion. Besides practical advice, plan on laughing and maybe even crying. And besides feeling uplifted, maybe you'll even look forward to your next family gathering.

Think of “Dear Family” as an intimate conversation you’d have when you confide in your sister or brother. Or better yet, with your best friend, who we all know is your chosen family anyway. After all, we are only as sick as our secrets, so we might as well speak up.

    Brit Bronson-Out of My Mind & Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired

    Brit Bronson-Out of My Mind & Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired

    Brit Bronson was only eight when her mother died suddenly. Brit developed an eating disorder and was later diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar 1.

    Brit struggled for years & attempted suicide. After repeated hospitalizations, she found besides Lithium, giving back is the best medicine. She's the founder of spaceMVMNT, a creative agency for socially conscious brands & organizations. Brit says mental illness is a battle worth fighting, one you don’t have to fight alone & when you do good, you feel good.

    • 49 min
    Prince Harry and Princess Meghan’s Royal Family Split- It’s Complicated & All About Mental Health

    Prince Harry and Princess Meghan’s Royal Family Split- It’s Complicated & All About Mental Health

    The Duke & Duchess of Sussex are involved in a real-life family saga as they step back from the stronghold of the Royal Family.

    This is all about mental health- Harry's PTSD that surfaced 20 years after his mother, Princess Diana's death from the paparazzi car chase. With the press being unfair to him and his wife with racial undertones, we see why Prince Harry is trying to protect his loved ones from the same fate. The Queen's royal statements are discussed.

    • 9 min
    Catherine McCord- Keeping Our Families Healthy & Happy with Delicious & Nutritious Meals & Smoothies

    Catherine McCord- Keeping Our Families Healthy & Happy with Delicious & Nutritious Meals & Smoothies

    Catherine McCord combined her years of modeling & acting, her culinary degree & the challenges of motherhood to create Weelicious. She shares delicious & homemade recipes online, with more than 50 million views.

    When Catherine’s son suffered from chronic nausea & doctors couldn’t help, the Smoothie Project was born. She found smoothies reduce stress & anxiety, help you lose weight, control ADHD, & more. We're reminded of the importance of and joy in carving out time to have healthy family meals.

    • 39 min
    2020 Vision for Inner Peace in 2020- and 20 Resolutions to Get You There

    2020 Vision for Inner Peace in 2020- and 20 Resolutions to Get You There

    It's 2020! Forget the empty promises of the get rich & skinny resolutions of the past. The goal for this new decade is to strive for inner peace, a most worthy objective & the new definition of happiness & success.

    Rather than seeing the goal of gaining mental health & finding inner peace as a should do, let’s find inspiration and motivation for being mentally well as a mindset rather than a task with these 20 achievable resolutions. You'll not only be happier but you'll increase your productivity.

    • 14 min
    Jonathan Leeper- Homeless Drug Addict Becomes a Beacon of Hope Helping the Homeless

    Jonathan Leeper- Homeless Drug Addict Becomes a Beacon of Hope Helping the Homeless

    Jonathan Leeper has overcome major obstacles to become one of the most compassionate, strong and inspiring people you will ever meet. At 45 years old, still driven by his crack addiction, homeless, and hungry, he found his way to a rescue mission not far from where he used to be stationed in the navy years earlier. He learned first hand how one person can influence your life by modeling love, which is what he does now as he gives his all to help the homeless and poor find hope and rebuild their lives.

    • 53 min
    Dear Family, I Used to Dread Holiday Celebrations

    Dear Family, I Used to Dread Holiday Celebrations

    It’s the holiday season, a time some look forward to celebrating with family, whereas others, & I used to be in this camp, dread it. Expectations, longings, guilt, people keeping score, & past hurt feelings often get in the way. Behind the camera of those picture-perfect holiday cards & Instagram posts of family vacations is the messiness of life; the beauty within the chaos, we need to not just accept but embrace. After all, quality time with loved ones is the best gift of all.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

TJ_$7 ,

Great podcast

feels like you’re eavesdropping on close friends or family members having a deep and meaningful conversation. Rachel gets her guests to open up and share once taboo subjects with honesty and vulnerability. I love how every episode is different and unique.

Curlyq44 ,

Topics Usually Kept Secret

Rachel has a gentle approach to interviewing her guests about topics that are usually not discussed. Having lived a life surrounded by her families mental illness gives her first hand knowledge in leading her guests to open up about their life struggles. Everyone is touched in some way by these topics whether by family or friends. Highly recommend taking the time to listen!

mspassell ,

Great conversations.

Love the show! Great conversation with Zack McDermott.

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