46 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.

Dear Family, Rachel Steinman

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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.

    “Condom With a Conversation”- Sex & Consent Teen-Owned Business with Luca Wheeler, Charlotte Sedaka & Jed Siegel

    “Condom With a Conversation”- Sex & Consent Teen-Owned Business with Luca Wheeler, Charlotte Sedaka & Jed Siegel

    Teens aren’t legally old enough to have sex, but that didn’t stop 11th graders, Luca Wheeler, Charlotte Sedaka & Jed Siegel from forming Condom With a Conversation, a company and consent initiative. Their FDA-approved condom includes ?s encouraging a couple to make sure both parties feel positive about their decisions with phrases like, YES?, LET’S TALK, & ARE YOU GOOD?

    Talking about sex isn’t exactly in the comfort zone of most teens, yet they openly discuss virginity & the importance of consent

    • 51 min
    Wally Lamb- “I Know This Much Is True” Author & Executive Producer of HBO Series about Paranoid Schizophrenia, Forgiveness, & the Power of Storytelling to Heal

    Wally Lamb- “I Know This Much Is True” Author & Executive Producer of HBO Series about Paranoid Schizophrenia, Forgiveness, & the Power of Storytelling to Heal

    Wally Lamb is the author of 6 New York Times best-selling novels. His 2nd Oprah Book Club Pick, "I Know This Much Is True" is currently an HBO limited series starring Mark Ruffalo as identical twin brothers, one with paranoid schizophrenia.

    The human struggle and the power of story to heal inspire Wally, who teaches writing to women prisoners in Connecticut. Wally’s characters are imperfect people seeking to become better people. You can’t help but see yourself in his stories and be moved.

    • 47 min
    Elsa Mora- Cuban-born Artist, Curator, & Paper Sculptor- Our Most Precious Possession is Our Mind & Creativity Can Solve Any Problem

    Elsa Mora- Cuban-born Artist, Curator, & Paper Sculptor- Our Most Precious Possession is Our Mind & Creativity Can Solve Any Problem

    Elsa Mora is a Cuban-born artist with bipolar, depressed, schizophrenic, autistic, & alcoholic family members. She moved to LA & then to NY, exhibiting her art worldwide. She's the curator at a contemporary gallery, sharing the transformational power of art, creativity, & collaboration.

    Her son was diagnosed autistic at 2. At 14, he experienced psychosis & was hospitalized. Elsa shares openly so others get over their discomfort. Her delicate & complex paper sculptures are a metaphor for the mind.

    • 58 min
    Robert Kolker- Hidden Valley Road Author & Oprah’s Book Club Pick about The Most Mentally Ill Family in America

    Robert Kolker- Hidden Valley Road Author & Oprah’s Book Club Pick about The Most Mentally Ill Family in America

    Robert Kolker’s book "Hidden Valley Road" is Oprah’s current Book Club pick, an unbelievable story of a midcentury family with 12 children, 6 with schizophrenia. The Galvin’s have been called the most mentally ill family in America who for years were silenced by shame. Their genetics were studied by the National Institute on Mental Health in the ‘80s, helping future generations. You’ll love this epic true family saga of how this family became science’s great hope in the quest to understand schiz

    • 43 min
    Dr. Sam Fink & Sarrica Fink, RN- Father/Daughter Duo Giving Factual and Realistic Answers about the Current Situation of Covid-19

    Dr. Sam Fink & Sarrica Fink, RN- Father/Daughter Duo Giving Factual and Realistic Answers about the Current Situation of Covid-19

    Dr. Sam Fink, an internal medicine specialist, is currently treating patients with coronavirus & has been on the frontline of educating the public on CNN, Fox, & more. His daughter, Sarrica Fink is a registered nurse working at a Digital Health Innovation Nonprofit in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

    You'll love this father/daughter, doctor/nurse duo, a.k.a. The Fink Tank, who are here today to give us factual and realistic answers about the current situation of Covid-19 so we can beat the Coronavirus together.

    • 59 min
    I'm a Failure and Proud of It- And Why #40 is so Meaningful!

    I'm a Failure and Proud of It- And Why #40 is so Meaningful!

    Because this episode is about owning our failures, I'm celebrating my 40th Dear Family, podcast episode, something a year ago I thought impossible. We'll discuss why #40 is meaningful in history, science, religion, & pop culture & why you should fail and fail often.

    Let's look at our failures the way the Japanese look at broken pottery. In Kintsugi pottery, broken pieces are bonded with precious gold. It’s the unique character flaws, the scars that add to the beauty & depth of the piece.

    • 16 min

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