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This is the Brave Together podcast. On Brave Together, founder Jessica Patay, along with the Brave community, will share interviews, celebrate stories, explore challenges, and rally hope for the motherhood journey. You are not alone. We Are Brave Together is a nonprofit that provides a supportive community for moms of children with disabilities, neurodiversity, and all unique or extreme medical or mental health needs. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to preserve and protect the mental health of Caregiving Moms everywhere.

Brave Together Jessica Patay

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This is the Brave Together podcast. On Brave Together, founder Jessica Patay, along with the Brave community, will share interviews, celebrate stories, explore challenges, and rally hope for the motherhood journey. You are not alone. We Are Brave Together is a nonprofit that provides a supportive community for moms of children with disabilities, neurodiversity, and all unique or extreme medical or mental health needs. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to preserve and protect the mental health of Caregiving Moms everywhere.

    Accessing Mental Health Benefits with Natalie Elliott Handy (Part 1)

    Accessing Mental Health Benefits with Natalie Elliott Handy (Part 1)

    Hello Brave Friends! Welcome to practical episode #167, a TWO PARTER, in which we are diving into the nitty gritty around accessing mental health benefits and services. In Part 1 we focus on what services are available and how to find them and ways to approach starting the process. In Part 2 we focus on how the process works once you’re on the road to receiving services and the important things to consider and questions to ask your providers. 
    Our guest is Natalie Elliott Handy. And, oh my gosh, is she a wealth of information. She is a seasoned, healthcare executive with 24+ years in the health and human services industry. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy at Health Connect America, a behavioral and mental health company offering services throughout Virginia and eight states in the southeastern United States. 
    Prior to coming to Health Connect America, Natalie served as CEO of Intercept Health, CEO of four psychiatric residential treatment facilities in Virginia, VP of Utilization Review and Clinical Audit and CSA coordinator for the City of Roanoke, department of Social Services.  A servant at heart, Natalie takes pride in being seen as a mental health concierge, helping families and agencies navigate the system to find the most appropriate service.
    In September twenty-Twenty-two Natalie alongside sisters J.J. Elliott Hill and Emily Elliott founded Sisterhood of Care, an organization offering caregivers a safe place to relate, learn, be inspired, find hope, and obtain the critical resources needed to support their loved one while also maintaining their sense of self. The Sisters launched their website and blog Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver in October, 2022, followed by their Confessions podcast in January, 2023.  
    Welcome to today's VERY helpful conversation; we hope you get a lot out of it and please utilize all the resources linked below. 
    Resources 
    More about Health Connect America here.
    Natalie and her sister’s Blog and Podcast, Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver, here.
    Find information about IEPs and 504 plans here.
    Find information about the EAP Program here.
    Link to FindHelp.org here.
    Link to 211.org here.
    Link to uniteus.com here.
    And… if you still have questions here is Natalie Elliott Handy’s email that she so generously provided for any further questions or assistance: natalie.handy@healthconnectamerica.com


    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 
    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.
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    • 36 min
    Accessing Mental Health Benefits with Natalie Elliott Handy (Part 2)

    Accessing Mental Health Benefits with Natalie Elliott Handy (Part 2)

    Hello Brave Friends! Welcome to practical episode #167, a TWO PARTER, in which we are diving into the nitty gritty around accessing mental health benefits and services. In Part 1 we focus on what services are available and how to find them and ways to approach starting the process. In Part 2 we focus on how the process works once you’re on the road to receiving services and the important things to consider and questions to ask your providers. 
    Our guest is Natalie Elliott Handy. And, oh my gosh, is she a wealth of information. She is a seasoned, healthcare executive with 24+ years in the health and human services industry. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy at Health Connect America, a behavioral and mental health company offering services throughout Virginia and eight states in the southeastern United States. 
    Prior to coming to Health Connect America, Natalie served as CEO of Intercept Health, CEO of four psychiatric residential treatment facilities in Virginia, VP of Utilization Review and Clinical Audit and CSA coordinator for the City of Roanoke, department of Social Services.  A servant at heart, Natalie takes pride in being seen as a mental health concierge, helping families and agencies navigate the system to find the most appropriate service.
    In September twenty-Twenty-two Natalie alongside sisters J.J. Elliott Hill and Emily Elliott founded Sisterhood of Care, an organization offering caregivers a safe place to relate, learn, be inspired, find hope, and obtain the critical resources needed to support their loved one while also maintaining their sense of self. The Sisters launched their website and blog Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver in October, 2022, followed by their Confessions podcast in January, 2023.  
    Welcome to today's VERY helpful conversation; we hope you get a lot out of it and please utilize all the resources linked below. 
    Resources 
    More about Health Connect America here.
    Natalie and her sister’s Blog and Podcast, Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver, here.
    Find information about IEPs and 504 plans here.
    Find information about the EAP Program here.
    Link to FindHelp.org here.
    Link to 211.org here.
    Link to uniteus.com here.
    And… if you still have questions here is Natalie Elliott Handy’s email that she so generously provided for any further questions or assistance: natalie.handy@healthconnectamerica.com


    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 
    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.
    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
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    • 25 min
    Crying on the Steps of the Regional Center with Kelley Coleman

    Crying on the Steps of the Regional Center with Kelley Coleman

    Hello Brave Friends! On this story episode, #166, we are stepping into the shoes of a brand new care-giving parent, who, like so many of us, left the hospital and was immediately faced with piles of paperwork, prescriptions to administer, insurance issues, medical supplies to order and the endless phone calls, transfers and holds that become our JOB to navigate.
    Kelley Coleman had a new baby with multiple disabilities, a toddler, and was getting no calls back from the Regional Center. So, on one particularly rainy day, she took matters into her own hands and started her journey towards figuring it out, for all of us! 
    Welcome to today's story episode: Crying on the Steps of the Regional Center
    Author and advocate Kelley Coleman is the parent of two amazing boys, one of whom has multiple disabilities. Her book Everything No One Tells You About Parenting a Disabled Child draws upon over a decade of advocacy, with the candor, humor, and relatability earned in her prior career of writing and developing talking animal movies. She was recently named Best Mom Ever by her two discerning children and received a congratulatory mug.
    Find Kelley Coleman’s Website here.
    Find Kelley Coleman’s Book here.


    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 
    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.
    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.
    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!
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    • 38 min
    Will A Caregiver Support Group Make Me More Depressed?

    Will A Caregiver Support Group Make Me More Depressed?

    Hello Brave Friends! This is an Ask Us Anything episode in which YOU, the listener, get to write or call in and, you guessed it, ASK US ANYTHING! 
    In this episode, #165, we are discussing how to get the most out of connection circles and in general, support groups, without taking on other attendee’s pain. 
    In this community we are ALREADY dealing with our own tough feelings when we step into a group sharing environment and as Dr. Zoe Shaw says, in this episode, “we’re wired for protection not connection” so dealing with other people’s emotions on top of our own can feel daunting. BUT it doesn't have to feel that way and the community and sisterhood that comes with sharing and holding space for those emotions is so worth facing your own. 
    There are so many wisdom gems, AHA moments and tools in this episode for helping us deconstruct the emotions we feel when in the presence of other people’s pain. Please enjoy this important episode of Ask Us Anything. 
    Whether you have questions as a parent to a child with complex medical or mental health needs or you’re someone looking to support a care-giving parent, we would LOVE to hear from you. 
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to ask a question, leave us a message here.
    Find more information about Licensed Psychotherapist, Dr. Zoe Shaw here. 
    Find more information about Life Coach, Susanna Peace Lovell here.
    Find Susanna’s book, Your True Self is Enough here.


    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 
    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.
    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.
    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!
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    • 29 min
    From Childhood Accident to Fierce Advocate with Kevin McGuire

    From Childhood Accident to Fierce Advocate with Kevin McGuire

    Hello Brave Friends! Welcome to our first Practical Episode of Season 6. This is episode 164 and we could not be more thrilled and honored and in awe of our guest today, Kevin McGuire. Talk about the triumph of the human spirit, Kevin, personifies this. He was hit by a drunk driver at the age of seven and has used a wheelchair ever since.  


    He is now the CEO and founder of McGuire Associates, the nation's leading consulting firm specializing in compliance with state and federal disability laws, including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act. He's a graduate of Boston University and the Georgetown University Law Center, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History, and a Juris Doctorate. 


    Kevin is so impressive. His bio is so long and beautiful. Please enjoy my conversation with him and click on the link below if you’d like to learn more about him and the important work he’s doing to make this world more accessible. 


    Find out more about Kevin McGuire here.




    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 


    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.


    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.


    Donate to keep this podcast going here.


    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?


    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.


    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org


    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.


    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!


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    • 37 min
    Community is Everything with Megan Loden

    Community is Everything with Megan Loden

    Hello Brave Friends! On this story episode, #163, we are exploring one mom’s experience, when not one but TWO of her seemingly thriving, healthy children were diagnosed, right in the middle of high school, with a rare genetic disorder. 
    Megan Loden was blindsided, not only by her twin daughter’s diagnosis, but by the slow fade of her typical community into the background, as she stepped into her own medical motherhood. And then a doctor recommended she look up groups online and the rest is history. 
       
    Welcome to today's story episode: Community is Everything 


    Megan Loden  was a freelance writer before her world was turned upside down and she would love nothing more than to help others feel less alone through her writing now, as many seasoned veterans to the rare parenting world did when she was lost and terrified of her childrens’ diagnoses. Having a child (or two) with a rare genetic disease is not for the faint of heart, but she wants to assure you, if she can manage, so can you!


    Find Megan Loden on Instagram here.
    Find Megan Loden’s Website here.  


    Brave Together is the podcast for We are Brave Together, a not-for-profit organization based in the USA. The heart of We Are Brave Together is to strengthen, encourage, inspire and validate all moms of children with disabilities and other needs in their unique journeys. 
    JOIN the international community of We Are Brave Together here.
    Donate to our Retreats and Respite Scholarships here.
    Donate to keep this podcast going here.
    Can’t get enough of the Brave Together Podcast?
    Follow our Instagram Page @wearebravetogether or on Facebook.
    Feel free to contact Jessica Patay via email: jpatay@wearebravetogether.org
    If you have any topic requests or if you would like to share a story, leave us a message here.
    Please leave a review and rating today! We thank you in advance!
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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103 Ratings

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Great sib interview

Just heard the great sibling interview. First time listener but will definitely be checking out more episodes!

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Ask us anything!

Absolutely love the ask us anything episodes. The thoughtful questions and responses are so relatable and helpful. Love We Are Brave Together too!

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Thank you so much for sharing this! As a mother of a child with a rare disease, listening to all of the important factors is so crucial. This is such a wonderful support tool and it’s great to
Know that we are all in this together! Sending many blessings !!❣️

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