Healthy Minds Podcast

By FCPS Communication and Community Relations
October 16, 2020

Being apart from each other hasn’t been easy for anyone.

Welcome to the Healthy Minds Podcast from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Hear about how we are all handling uncertainty; get new ideas to help your child, friends and families feel better; and learn to help yourself feel stronger and more energized.

If you need a little help to feel OK, it’s OK--the Healthy Minds podcast is here for you.

Activating Empathy in Children (October 16, 2020)

Today's podcast teaches us ways to activate empathy in children. Empathy is an essential component for all of us to build strong relationships. Join Bethany Koszelak, FCPS’ Mental Health and Wellness Specialist, to hear about action strategies on how to model empathy and open caring dialogues with children, or anyone, during these challenging times. (27 minutes)

Warning Signs of Addiction (October 9, 2020)

Join us for a conversation with substance abuse counselor Kelly Rankin. We talk about the early signs of substance use disorder and how to have an important conversation with your child about addiction. (30 minutes)

Preventing Youth Suicide (October 2, 2020)

In today's podcast, we meet Whitney McDonough, a social worker at West Potomac High School. She provides information and resources about teen suicide prevention and a program available to FCPS parents and students called SOS - Signs of Suicide. Participants learn how to Acknowledge, Care, and Tell or ACT. (28 minutes)

Social-Emotional Learning (September 25, 2020)

Meet Olde Creek Elementary School psychologist Ellen Goldberger. Ellen addresses the important issue of self control--knowing how to recognize when children (and adults) are losing self-control and tips on how to regain it. (26 minutes)

Practicing Coping Skills with Executive Functioning (September 18, 2020)

We chat with Langley High School psychologist Anna Davis about executive functioning. Executive functioning is a set of skills and mental processes that help us to plan, focus our attention, manage tasks, and control our impulses. (25 minutes)

Our Minds Matter: Changing the School Culture Around Mental Health (September 11, 2020)

This week we’re talking with Lauren Anderson, the executive director of Our Minds Matter, a local non-profit organization working toward the day when no teens turn to suicide.  She co-founded the organization in 2012 after the death of her brother Josh. Anderson shares information about Our Minds Matter club activities, and her thoughts about important conversations for young people to have. (30 minutes)

Ease Your Mind with Exercise (September 4, 2020)

This week's podcast features a conversation with FCPS Social Worker Supervisor Stephanie Herman. She walks us through some easy mindfulness exercises, and explains how these simple acts can help reduce worry or anxiety as we begin the new school year. (26 minutes)

A Healthy Start to the School Year (August 28, 2020)

As we countdown to the first day of virtual school, some families may be feeling anxious about this change to the normal routine. Bethany Koszelak, a mental health specialist for FCPS, talks about practices families can use to cope with stress. She also has advice for parents about how to speak with their children about their feelings. (30 minutes)

Finding Someone to Listen (August 21, 2020)

Today's podcast features a conversation with Laura Mayer, Director of PRS CrisisLink, an important FCPS community partner. PRS CrisisLink helps students improve coping and resiliency skills and connects them with school and community resources. Call 703-527-4077 or 1-800-273-TALK to be connected with a trained crisis worker . The textline is reached by texting the word NEEDHELP to 855-11. (26 minutes)

Managing Feelings Around Uncertainty (August 13, 2020)

In our first Healthy Minds Podcast, we talk to school psychologist Beth Werfel about how we can help our children be more accepting of uncertainty and be less overwhelmed by those feelings. (29 minutes)

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Podcast Guests

The Healthy Minds podcast is an opportunity to learn from some of the top psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and leaders in the field of education.

Guests on the podcast work on the front lines in our school division of over 189,000 students. They support the well being of children (and their families), helping equip them with the knowledge and skills to cope with everyday struggles and, sometimes, extraordinary adversity. And they often witness inspiring stories of bravery, courage and strength among our diverse students and staff.

Host Lucy Caldwell, an FCPS employee and parent of two FCPS graduates, guides the conversation.

Each week, you’ll hear interviews with our team and, hopefully, take away information that can help YOU be a better parent--or friend or neighbor. Or perhaps just feel a little bit better yourself. 

Other Healthy Minds Resources

Healthy Minds Blog 

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness for an audience of parent, educators and community-based providers. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. It is part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax (see below) initiative, designed to support emotional wellness in youth and families.

Healthy Minds Fairfax

​Healthy Minds Fairfax​ logoIt can be hard to know whether you need to reach out to a professional when you are worried about your child’s behavior or if you see that your child is struggling. And if you do reach out, what type of specialist and treatment are right for your child?

Healthy Minds Fairfax helps youth and families in the Fairfax-Falls Church community access mental health and substance abuse services. 

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