90 episodes

Parenting is hard. When you have a child who doesn’t fit neatly into a box, it can be even more challenging. With the Mental Health Mamas, there’s No Need to Explain. We get it. Join us as we share a bit of what we’ve learned along the way, talk openly about mental health, share the voices of other Experts by Experience, work to help you feel less alone and gently remind you to do your best to take care of yourself while also taking care of your people.

No Need to Explain with the Mental Health Mamas Serena Ward, MLE, MHM, EBE and Tina Hallock, MLE, MHM, EBE

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 77 Ratings

Parenting is hard. When you have a child who doesn’t fit neatly into a box, it can be even more challenging. With the Mental Health Mamas, there’s No Need to Explain. We get it. Join us as we share a bit of what we’ve learned along the way, talk openly about mental health, share the voices of other Experts by Experience, work to help you feel less alone and gently remind you to do your best to take care of yourself while also taking care of your people.

    Consult the Pharmacist with Guest Dr. Shari Allen

    Consult the Pharmacist with Guest Dr. Shari Allen

    This week the Mental Health Mamas are joined by Dr. Shari Allen, an associate professor of pharmacy practice as well as a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist. We chat with Shari about our previous episode on kids and medication, why medication isn’t always the answer and when you should consult the pharmacist. You won’t want to miss this informative and important conversation.
    Follow Dr. Shari Allen on Instagram for more mental health medication education! https://www.instagram.com/mentalectpharmd/
    Visit our website for more content: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/
    Leave us a voice message: 607-288-3382
    Claim your FREE Self-Care Workbook by joining our mailing list: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/connect
    Receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas
    Mental Health Resources:
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Visit https://988lifeline.org/ for a chat option or call 988 in the United States.
    Crisis Text Line: Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Sometimes, that means we give our texters a resource – like a breathing GIF to help them slow down or a link to finding a support group near them.
    Website: www.crisistextline.org
    USA text 741741
    Canada text 686868
    UK text 85258
    Ireland 50808
    NAMI HelpLine: The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance. To contact the NAMI HelpLine, please call 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to info@nami.org.
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline      SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Available 24/7, 365 days a year. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    Mama’s Comfort Camp: a peer support network where moms of all ages and stages, from around the world (and across the street) lift up each other. Our motto is: Moms don’t need more advice, we need more support. Our lovingly moderated forums are always on: 24/7/365. Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp/
    National Parent Helpline®  Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. Available 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. 1-855-427-2736 (4APARENT)



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    • 26 min
    Wraparound Care: Like a Big Hug

    Wraparound Care: Like a Big Hug

    This week the Mental Health Mamas are chatting about Wraparound Care and why it’s like a big hug. Tina and Serena share details of the Wraparound model, why it’s important and how these concepts can be applied across systems with or without a formal plan. 
    National Wraparound Initiative
    The Wraparound Process User’s Guide: A Handbook for Families
    Visit our website for more content: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/
    Leave us a voice message: 607-288-3382
    Claim your FREE Self-Care Workbook by joining our mailing list: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/connect
    Receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas
    Mental Health Resources:
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Visit https://988lifeline.org/ for a chat option or call 988 in the United States.
    Crisis Text Line: Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Sometimes, that means we give our texters a resource – like a breathing GIF to help them slow down or a link to finding a support group near them.
    Website: www.crisistextline.org
    USA text 741741
    Canada text 686868
    UK text 85258
    Ireland 50808
    NAMI HelpLine: The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance. To contact the NAMI HelpLine, please call 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to info@nami.org.
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline      SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Available 24/7, 365 days a year. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    Mama’s Comfort Camp: a peer support network where moms of all ages and stages, from around the world (and across the street) lift up each other. Our motto is: Moms don’t need more advice, we need more support. Our lovingly moderated forums are always on: 24/7/365. Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp/
    National Parent Helpline® Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. Available 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. 1-855-427-2736 (4APARENT)



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    • 19 min
    Breathe: A Conversation with Richmond Poet Laureate Roscoe Burnems

    Breathe: A Conversation with Richmond Poet Laureate Roscoe Burnems

    This week spoken word artist and Poet Laureate of Richmond, Virginia, Roscoe Burnems, stops by to chat with the Mental Health Mamas. Roscoe uses his poetry and performance to discuss trauma, resilience and the human experience. Tune in to hear Roscoe speak openly about his background, mental health, and fatherhood plus he shares two of his amazing poems!
    Visit Roscoe’s website: https://roscoeb.webs.com/
    Visit our website for more content: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/
    Leave us a voice message: 607-288-3382
    Claim your FREE Self-Care Workbook by joining our mailing list: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/connect
    Receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas
    Mental Health Resources:
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Visit https://988lifeline.org/ for a chat option or call 988 in the United States.
    Crisis Text Line: Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Sometimes, that means we give our texters a resource – like a breathing GIF to help them slow down or a link to finding a support group near them.
    Website: www.crisistextline.org
    USA text 741741
    Canada text 686868
    UK text 85258
    Ireland 50808
    NAMI HelpLine: The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance. To contact the NAMI HelpLine, please call 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to info@nami.org.
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline      SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Available 24/7, 365 days a year. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    Mama’s Comfort Camp: a peer support network where moms of all ages and stages, from around the world (and across the street) lift up each other. Our motto is: Moms don’t need more advice, we need more support. Our lovingly moderated forums are always on: 24/7/365. Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp/
    National Parent Helpline®  Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. Available 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. 1-855-427-2736 (4APARENT)



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    • 33 min
    Finding Cooper's Voice with Guest Kate Swenson

    Finding Cooper's Voice with Guest Kate Swenson

    In this episode, Kate Swenson, mom of four, takes time out to chat with the Mental Health Mamas. Kate is mom to Cooper who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and who is the subject of her book, Forever Boy. Tune in to hear Kate talk about feeling isolated after receiving a diagnosis, how she found her people, and how Forever Boy is actually about her own personal journey.
    Visit Kate’s website: https://www.findingcoopersvoice.com/
    Visit our website for more content: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/
    Leave us a voice message: 607-288-3382
    Claim your FREE Self-Care Workbook by joining our mailing list: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/connect
    Receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas
    Mental Health Resources:
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Visit https://988lifeline.org/ for a chat option or call 988 in the United States.
    Crisis Text Line: Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Sometimes, that means we give our texters a resource – like a breathing GIF to help them slow down or a link to finding a support group near them.
    Website: www.crisistextline.org
    USA text 741741
    Canada text 686868
    UK text 85258
    Ireland 50808
    NAMI HelpLine: The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance. To contact the NAMI HelpLine, please call 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to info@nami.org.
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline      SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Available 24/7, 365 days a year. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    Mama’s Comfort Camp: a peer support network where moms of all ages and stages, from around the world (and across the street) lift up each other. Our motto is: Moms don’t need more advice, we need more support. Our lovingly moderated forums are always on: 24/7/365. Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp/
    National Parent Helpline®  Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. Available 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. 1-855-427-2736 (4APARENT)




    Our listeners receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas

    • 26 min
    Building Parental Resilience with Guest Peg Sadie

    Building Parental Resilience with Guest Peg Sadie

    This week the Mental Health Mamas are joined by psychotherapist and resilience coach, Peg Sadie, who is on a mission to reshape the legacy of maternal health. Tune in to hear Peg share how her own experiences as a mother brought her to this work, the stigma around asking for help, and what real self-care actually looks like. 
    Visit Peg’s website: https://pegsadie.com/
    Visit our website for more content: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/
    Leave us a voice message: 607-288-3382
    Claim your FREE Self-Care Workbook by joining our mailing list: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/connect
    Receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas
    Mental Health Resources:
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Visit https://988lifeline.org/ for a chat option or call 988 in the United States.
    Crisis Text Line: Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Sometimes, that means we give our texters a resource – like a breathing GIF to help them slow down or a link to finding a support group near them.
    Website: www.crisistextline.org
    USA text 741741
    Canada text 686868
    UK text 85258
    Ireland 50808
    NAMI HelpLine: The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance. To contact the NAMI HelpLine, please call 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to info@nami.org.
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline      SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Available 24/7, 365 days a year. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    Mama’s Comfort Camp: a peer support network where moms of all ages and stages, from around the world (and across the street) lift up each other. Our motto is: Moms don’t need more advice, we need more support. Our lovingly moderated forums are always on: 24/7/365. Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp/
    National Parent Helpline®  Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. Available 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. 1-855-427-2736 (4APARENT)



    Our listeners receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas

    • 35 min
    Should We Medicate Our Kids?

    Should We Medicate Our Kids?

    This week the Mental Health Mamas dive into the complicated but important topic of kids and psychiatric medications. Tina and Serena openly share their personal stories about the difficult decision to choose medication for their kids. They delve into the stigma around medication, why they both said no at first, and suggestions for parents who find themselves traveling this road no matter where they might be in their journey.
    National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs https://www.nncpap.org/
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder and Parents’ Medication Guides
    Visit our website for more content: https://mentalhealthmamas.com/
    Leave us a voice message: 607-288-3382
    Receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas
    Mental Health Resources:
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Visit https://988lifeline.org/ for a chat option or call 988 in the United States.
    Crisis Text Line: Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Sometimes, that means we give our texters a resource – like a breathing GIF to help them slow down or a link to finding a support group near them.
    Website: www.crisistextline.org
    USA text 741741
    Canada text 686868
    UK text 85258
    Ireland 50808
    NAMI HelpLine: The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance. To contact the NAMI HelpLine, please call 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to info@nami.org.
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline      SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Available 24/7, 365 days a year. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    Mama’s Comfort Camp: a peer support network where moms of all ages and stages, from around the world (and across the street) lift up each other. Our motto is: Moms don’t need more advice, we need more support. Our lovingly moderated forums are always on: 24/7/365. Find us on facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp/
    National Parent Helpline®  Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. Available 10:
    Our listeners receive 10% off any Cope Notes subscription: copenotes.com/?affiliate=MHMamas

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

faintlyvisible ,

Focus on mental health

Even though I’m not a parent, I am an educator, and I found this podcast to be very insightful. I am glad to see parents helping other parents find tools and resources to support their mental health.

JT Allen ,

Yes! Parenting is Hard

Yes! Parenting is Hard. But it’s easier with Tina and Serena. While I appreciate the stories of the guests that are on the show, my favorite part of this podcast is the support I feel from the hosts. There really is no need to explain - there is no judgement; only support.

PopTarts95 ,

Relatable and applicable

The hosts have good chemistry. I like how they focus on different topics each episode. It’s helpful that they share experiences from their own life and give ways for you to make improvements in your own. I’d recommend listening. Good insights for you and your family.

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