Prentiss Pemberton

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Recognizing racism as a pandemic

Racism is beginning to be recognized as a public health crisis that contributes to disparities and inequities in health care experienced by the Black, Indigenous and people of color communities.

LISTEN: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

On this program, we'll devote the entire show to listener questions and comments about anything related to mental, behavioral or emotional wellness.

LISTEN: An insider’s look at ADHD

The symptoms can make living with people with ADHD challenging and leave many parents at a loss for how to deal with their child’s behavior.
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LISTEN: COVID-19’s impact on kids’ mental health

Remote learning, the loss of sports and activities and social isolation have caused an increase in anxiety and depression for children of all ages over the past year.

LISTEN: Working the frontlines of teen suicide prevention

Suicide is currently the leading cause of death in Alaska for young people age 12 to 19. Youth suicide prevention advocate Justin Pendergrass shares his journey through abuse, addiction and mental health and how those experiences led him to work on the frontlines of teen suicide prevention.

LISTEN: Teens talk mental health to combat stigma

The stigma associated with mental health remains one of the biggest barriers to young people seeking effective treatment. Teens involved with Mental Health Advocacy Through Storytelling hope to change this story by sharing their own.

LISTEN: When it comes to anxiety and depression, why is it so hard to reach men?

Like anxiety and depression, mood disorders are among the most common mental health problems, affecting roughly 40% of the population at some point in their lives. Thanks to national efforts to address this major public health issue, some of the stigma associated with having a mental health problem has diminished, resulting in more people seeking treatment. While this is encouraging, there remains one major demographic holdout to those changing attitudes: Men.
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LISTEN: Hear from Anchorage teens about how COVID-19 has impacted them

Imagine being a teenager living during a pandemic. How would you stay connected to friends and engaged in school? What impact would it have on your emotional and physical health? And, what about all the missed experiences like dances and graduation is exactly what is happening, right now, for teens all over the world.
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LISTEN: The number of couples divorcing late in life has more than doubled since the 90s. Why?

Since 1990 there has been a 250% increase in divorce rates for people older than 50. What are the reasons behind this rising trend? What are the mental health implications on both divorcees and their adult children?
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LISTEN: Everyone gets anxious, but anxiety disorders keep people in a state of high stress.

Anxiety Disorders impact almost 20 percent of adults yearly. Panic attacks, phobias, paranoia, and Obsessive-Compulsive behaviors, are just a few of the psychological manifestations of “anxiety gone wrong.”
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LISTEN: As the pandemic continues, more of our time is spent staring at screens. How do we maintain a healthy balance?

It is easier than ever for us to get lost in hours of television, gaming, and scrolling through social media. How do we find and maintain balance in our lives when nothing is as it was?

LISTEN: Parenting during a pandemic means managing mental and physical health in new ways. We’re here to help.

COVID-19 has altered our lives dramatically, and will for the foreseeable future. how will we each navigate our individual challenges in a way that will foster growth in us and our children?
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LISTEN: Is it safe to send kids back to school?

As coronavirus cases spike in the U.S., states are in a mad scramble to figure out what to do about kids returning to school in the fall. Is the virus really “low risk” for kids and how easily do they catch and spread it?
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LISTEN: In the era of social media, connecting it easy. But how do we find genuine connection with others?

In her new Book, “400 Friends and no One to Call” Val Walker explains how people from all walks of life can end up struggling to find real connection and meaning with others.

LISTEN: With the death of George Floyd, America comes face to face with persisting racism

The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer is just the latest version of a story heard way too often in America. Eric Gardner, Breanna Taylor and Aumaud Arbery are just a few of the Black lives that have been cut short due to the entrenched, systemic racism persistent in American culture.

LISTEN: The first step to genocide is dehumanization. How do stop it before it starts?

The Rawandan Genocide, the Holocaust, and the ongoing plight of the Rohingya people, are just a few examples of the human capacity to persecute others for being different than ourselves.

LISTEN: A psychologist joins us to discuss the keys to healthy aging

Can an old dog learn new tricks? In his book, "Our Wisdom Years," psychologist Dr. Garfield makes the case that as we enter our 60s, 70s and 80s, we are actually entering into a “developmental stage.”

LISTEN: An hour of gratitude and compassion amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Prentiss Pemberton is opening up the phone lines for you to share stories of grace and compassion over the last 2 months.

LISTEN: As coronavirus concerns grow, telehealth connects patients and doctors virtually

As the novel coronavirus has forces the world to adapt to a “new normal,” telemedicine has become the perfect tool for the delivery of vital physical and mental health services while protecting patients and health care workers alike.

LISTEN: Coronavirus has changed how we socialize. How do we stay connected?

With routine, socialization and connection being such vital parts of mental health and wellness, how do we maintain these critical connections to family and friends?