Podcast Episodes

Join Todd Krieger, Senior Planning Director at the Jewish Federation, as he and guests explore the reasons for youth mental illness and provide tools for young people and their families struggling to achieve mental wellness.

Episode 1

The Resiliency Puzzle

Is resiliency the key to preventing childhood mental illness? In this episode, Todd Krieger and Julie Fisher, M.Ed. discuss why so many young people lack resiliency and why learning to fail – and cope with failure – is so important for kids.

Episode 2

Technology and Mental Wellness

Technology can help us connect with others and be more productive at school and in the workplace. But is there a link between technology and youth mental illness? In this episode, Todd Krieger and Julie Fisher, M.Ed. explore how screen time is taking a toll on our kids and how parents can set appropriate limits, understanding that technology is here to stay.​

Episode 3

Building Strong Support Networks

Evidence suggests a strong connection between support networks and emotional well-being. In this episode, Todd Krieger and Julie Fisher, M.Ed. talk about how we can teach kids to value and nurture relationships and how we can help create support networks with them that promote mental wellness.​

Episode 4

The Connection Between Gaming and Mental Wellness

Evidence suggests a strong connection between support networks and emotional well-being. In this episode, Todd Krieger and Julie Fisher, M.Ed. talk about how we can teach kids to value and nurture relationships and how we can help create support networks with them that promote mental wellness.​

Episode 5

The Language of Emotions and Coping

Too many young people are having trouble coping with the challenges they are facing and that is often a precursor to mental illness. In this episode, Todd Krieger and Julie Fisher, M.Ed. discuss the pressure kids are feeling and how parents can help them learn to express themselves and their emotions in a way that is both age appropriate and healthy.

Episode 6

The Connection Between Competency and Mental Well Being

There is a strong connection between confidence, competency and mental wellness but teaching our kids to be confident and competent can be very difficult. In this episode, Todd Krieger and Julie Fisher, M.Ed. discuss parenting strategies that promote these important traits.​

Episode 7

Establishing a Growth Mindset

What is a growth mindset, how can our kids develop one and what is the connection to mental wellness? In this episode, Todd Krieger and Julie Fisher, M.Ed. explore the difference between a fixed and growth mindset and talk about the how the latter can help kids maintain their positivity and emotional well-being, even in trying times.​