The Family Table is a Families First podcast.
Our families form our earliest experiences with others. We learn who we are and how to live together. Then we go out into the world and start lives and families of our own.
That's the hope. But there are times when the story isn't so simple. Times when we're trapped, afraid, or in pain. There are times we feel lost or alone. Sometimes family is there to show us the way. But sometimes they're part of the problem. And that can be even lonelier than being alone. Where do we turn when we can't turn to family? And who helps a family when it can't help itself?
That's Families First. We were founded more than 180 years ago by caring people in Indianapolis - people who wanted to be there for their neighbors in their time of need. And Families First is here today for those who need care, hope, and guidance - for everyday life or in times of crisis.
We've helped save marriages and keep families together. We've helped deescalate crises and break cycles of abuse. We intervene and help prevent hundreds of suicides every year. We've helped many thousands of people deal with the challenges and changes in their lives and become better parents, spouses, daughters, sons, and people.
Meet Tina Cloer; President and CEO of Children's Bureau
As the President and CEO of Children’s Bureau since 2013, Tina Cloer strives to make life better for Central Indiana’s children and families. She grew up in an at-risk family faced with the same challenges that plague many Indiana families today.
Listen to episode 22 to learn more about the integration of Families First and Children's Bureau's missions—and the greater hope and impact the merge will offer Indiana families.
Practicing gratitude has incredible effects, from improving our mental health to boosting our relationships with others.
Building your capacity for gratitude isn’t difficult. It just takes practice. Join The Family Table's featured guest, Joey Gray-Purcell, as she discusses how we can bring our attention to that which we feel grateful for!
Keeping Politics in Perspective
This year has been an emotionally intense, sometimes scary, and often overwhelming experience for many of us. While the reasons for this are plenty, we can add politics to the list. Being politically aware, engaged, and paying attention to the media are of top priority for a large part of the United States and some even see being politically active as their moral imperative. But, when does it all become too much for us to handle? Has the upcoming election left you feeling drained, depleted, and taken a toll on your mental health?
Join Rene Elsbury, Therapist and Supervisor of Home Based Services and former Policy with a Purpose podcast host, to hear more about managing emotions and setting boundaries during and after the 2020 election.
While 1 in 5 people will experience a diagnosable mental health condition in their lives, 5 out of 5
people will go through a challenging time that affects their mental health. There are simple things
that every person can say or do to help the people in their life who are struggling to get through
the tough times.
Listen to episode 19 as Sandi Lerman, Community Educator, discusses ways in which we can support others who are going through a life challenge or change.
Creating Healthy Routines
Work, paying bills, cleaning, cooking, shopping, exercising, getting enough sleep, and taking care
of children are just some of the things millions of Americans do each day and it is easy to be
overwhelmed. It can feel impossible to get everything done, let alone take care of yourself –
especially if you’re already struggling with a mental health concern like depression or anxiety.
Listen to this episode to learn how to create healthy routines and organize you days in such a way that taking care of tasks and yourself will become a pattern that makes it easier to get things done without having to think hard about them!
Eliminating Toxic Influences
Certain people and situations in life can trigger us to feel badly about ourselves or engage in
destructive behaviors. Identifying the toxic influences in our lives and taking steps to create
boundaries or a new life without them can improve mental and physical health over time.
Listen to episode 17 as Carolyn Passen, counselor at Families First, teaches us how to create healthy boundaries and gives tips on ways to get rid of toxic influences in our lives.