Ep. 82 – Talking Parenting Tool Kits and Normalizing Mental Health

The Mental Health Mamas are raising kids and gathering connections to normalize conversations around mental health in this messy world. Tina Hallock and Serena Ward – otherwise known as the Mental Health Mamas – are today’s guests on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast. They are mothers, educators and podcast hosts where they dive into topics ranging from long distance parenting to compassion resilience. On this episode, we chat about raising children with behavioral health challenges and it’s filled with resources, real-life stories and tools for our parenting tool kit.

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Ep. 82 – Talking Parenting Tool Kits and Normalizing Mental Health

6:42 – Where to begin when facing behavioral issues with your child.
10:15 – How to advocate for your child.
13:17 – Finding champions and encouragement.
16:31 – Tips on supporting older children in a less obvious way.
19:56 – Additional resources.
21:54 – Favorite tools for mental wellness.
29:33 – Don’t focus on what other people say about your parenting.
33:50 – Red flags.
39:23 – Caryn, Tina and Serena play The Grateful Game.

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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 for a chat option or call 1-800-273-8255.

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: – 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 conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. 800-950-NAMI (6264)

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. 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. Find us on facebook:

Call the National Parent Helpline®: to get emotional support from a trained advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. 1-855-427-2736 (4APARENT)

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