PDX Parent‘s new podcast In the Know, presented by Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care, covers important topics impacting Oregon families, from mental health to public education to youth performing arts. These deep-dives, presented in a weekly series, spotlight useful information to help families. It’s one more way we’re meeting busy parents where they are — making dinner, commuting to work, and maybe getting in the rare workout. Read on to learn more about our first series, and give us a listen where ever you find your podcasts..
Series 1: Youth Mental Health
Our first, three-part series topic examines youth mental health. PDX Parent first covered this important topic in our February 2023 issue, and in the podcast, we explore this problem — and its solutions — in greater depth. We talk to Legacy experts, school counselors, and families about the challenges facing youth struggling with mental health issues.
Helping Identify the Problem
How do you know if your child might be struggling emotionally and mentally? Here are some key changes to look out for:
- Changes in thinking. Trouble concentrating; changes in their performance at school; frequently saying negative things or having negative thoughts about themselves.
- Changes in feelings. Reacting bigger or differently than the situation calls for; unhappiness, worry, irritability or anger; or feeling helpless or hopeless.
- Changes in behavior. Showing little interest or withdrawing from activities — or friends — they normally enjoy; wanting to be alone more often; sudden outbursts of anger or tears; or less energetic than normal.
- Physical changes. Trouble sleeping; eating too much or too little; nervous habits such as thumb sucking, nail biting or hair twisting; headaches, stomachaches, or general aches and pains.
Source: Canadian Pediatric Society
Here are local and national resources to help your child get appropriate treatment.
Oregon Crisis Contacts
- Oregon Youth Line: 1-877-968-8491; text: teen2teen to 839863
- Oregon Suicide LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255; text: 988
- Crisis Resolution Center for Oregon: 1-541-474-5360
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-343-6264 or nami.org
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: samhsa.gov
Oregon and Portland Organizations
These local organizations offer pediatric crisis support, residential treatment and outpatient services and programs:
- Safe Oregon: safeoregon.com
- Lines for Life: linesforlife.org
- Youth Era: youthera.org
- Trillium Family Services: trilliumfamily.org
- Morrison Child & Family Services: morrisonkids.org
- Albertina Kerr: albertinakerr.org
We couldn’t do this alone.
We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care. This podcast would not be possible without their support.
We would also like to thank Vida Co-working for allowing us to record in their podcast studio.
Sound engineering provided by Eric Klein.
Music for the In the Know by PDX Parent podcast is provided by Alex Vaan.