Hello, and welcome to the Optimistic Advocate! The Podcast that brings you just a bit closer to recognizing your full potential as an advocate for change – yours, mine, and everyone's! I’m your host, Scott, Bryant-Comstock, and I’m CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.
This podcast features conversations with inspiring advocates who help individuals and families make positive changes in their lives and communities across the globe. The episodes typically run from 45 – 60 minutes in length, so give yourself some room to breathe and get inspired when you listen to these. Who knows this could be the gamechanger that will unleash the advocate in you. You won’t regret it!
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Avni Godse: Advocate for Inclusion
Avni Godse life was changed forever after an inspirational trip to India when she was just 12 years old, where she was shown several unique works of art and was overcome with intense emotions when she realized that these incredible artistic creations were painted by people with no arms.
This instantly sparked a flame inside her, wanting to change how the world perceived those with disabilities and illnesses, not seeing them as people who were different, but rather as people who are normal and just like many of us who may not have their limitations, they are able to express themselves, in whatever way they chose, to feel special.
This drove Avni to create Heartification, an official non-profit business where her artistic creations are sold, raising money to fully fund pop-up events where those with disabilities and illnesses can express themselves through art to feel special.
And with over $30,000 raised in just a year and a half, she is JUST GETTING STARTED!
Learn more about Avni’s work at https://www.heartification.com (https://www.heartification.com)
Solome Tibebu – Update on the Upswing Fund
Show notes coming soon!
Tessie Castillo: Advocate for Humanity on Death Row
Show notes coming soon!
The Daily Mile: Interview with Bill Russell
Scott Bryant-Comstock interviews Bill Russell, who shares the story behind The Daily Mile and its impact on children and families worldwide.
Bill Russell is the Director of The Daily Mile USA Program. Bill has over 20 years of experience as a public educator and has been an administrator, a teacher, and a coach. Bill has genuine love and passion for helping young people become the best they can be. Bill also enjoys being active with family and friends.
The goal of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability, or personal circumstances. The Daily Mile is a social and physical activity, with children running or jogging – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends.
The Daily Mile is in 78 countries and has more than 3 million participating children. The goal is for every student in every elementary school to have 15 minutes per day to take care of their mind and their body through The Daily Mile.
In this episode, Bill Russell talks about the story behind the phenomenal program, The Daily Mile. Bill passionately discusses the mission of The Daily Mile which is to improve the physical, social, emotional, mental health, and well-being of our children around the world. And to make this happen, Bill encourages everyone to become a Daily Mile Champion. You can create a difference in the world and change lives, especially the younger generations. You can do all that by joining The Daily Mile in its mission and become part of a caring and committed team.
What You'll Learn
What The Daily Mile Program is all about.
The positive effects of The Daily Mile on the physical, social, emotional, and mental health and well-being of our children.
How to become a Daily Mile Champion and join The Daily Mile in making a difference in the world.
And much more!
“I've always wanted all children to have the ability to be the best that they can be. That's been me as a coach, me as a teacher, and me as a dad." - Bill Russell
For More Information:
The Daily Mile
Become A Daily Mile Champion
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Be A Better Parent: Interview with Dr. Bob Franks
In this episode, Dr. Robert P. Franks talks about his new book, BE A BETTER PARENT - 10 STRATEGIES FOR BEING THE BEST YOU CAN BE FOR YOUR CHILD. Dr. Franks shares a glimpse of his personal experience and family life which became his inspiration in writing this powerful book. He also imparts some practical parenting advice on how you can be the best parent for your child.
What You'll Learn
The importance of love, quality time, communication, and respect in parenting.
Practical parenting advice from a psychologist through the lens of love combined with years of working with families.
And much more!
Conversations on Race – Do You See Color?
In this episode, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler and Ryon Coote have a conversation on the concept of I don't see color. Julie and Ryon share their insights on the importance of addressing this topic based on their perspectives and experience as a white female and black male. As this mini-series comes to an end, these advocates hope that we could all have better conversations about race.
Authentic and REAL
Finally Scott has come out with a podcast! Such an authentic voice and I appreciate so much the “realness” he provides in all of his stuff, and now a podcast!! Really inspirational and informative. He has so much knowledge and insight into things that just aren’t shared publicly. By far the most informative podcast out there, sharing actual things happening that people should know about.
P.S. For those of you who aren’t subscribed to receive his weekly updates “Friday Update”, get on it because that has been one of the best ways for me to stay connected to national things happening in the world of mental health.