Can We Talk?

Can We Talk?

For Mental Health Awareness Month in May

Dr. Anne Hallward, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and host of Safe Space Radio (Still Here: Caregiving and Dementia, Out Takes: The Unheard Stories of LGBTQ Teens, presents a special four-part series of programs focusing on vitally important social issues related to mental health


Can We Talk?

Each stand-alone one-hour show combines compelling stories and expert guidance to explore the intersection of mental health and social change, offering listeners practical tools for navigating challenging conversations.

Apologies –   We all make mistakes. Knowing how to mend our relationships is vital to the mental health of our families and communities. Apologies is an exploration of why saying “I’m sorry” can be so difficult-and so powerful. We examine what makes an apology work, and how we can get better at repairing the relationships that matter the most. Through stories, this show addresses apologies after the #MeToo movement, and the pressure to forgive. It also chronicles the many ways a restorative justice process can change the lives of everyone involved. PRX, AudioPort, Download 


Asking for Help   This episode explores why it’s so hard to admit when we need something from another person, and the surprising effects that sharing our vulnerability can have on our mental health.  Through stories we look at how shame and stigma can prevent us from asking for what we need; why we tend to underestimate the generosity of others; and how asking can make us feel seen in both welcome and uncomfortable ways. Finally, we address the complicated experience of wanting to help to someone who can’t or won’t ask for it.   PRX, AudioPort, Download 



Loneliness   What it is, why so many of us feel it, and the surprising toll loneliness takes on our physical and mental health. The health effects of chronic loneliness are akin to smoking 15 cigarettes every day – it literally shortens our lives. Yet it can feel vulnerable to name it when we feel lonely. Through stories, this show examines the risk factors for loneliness, the influence of social media, and how creative approaches to loneliness can leave us more connected and resilient. We also explore why two groups most at risk for chronic loneliness – teens and the elderly.   PRX, AudioPort, Download 


Talking to White Kids About Race and Racism –   Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Their silence perpetuates racism-but it can be hard to know how to start. This program looks at how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come. The show explores a wide variety of approaches with kids of all ages. Parents, racial justice experts, and teens all provide perspectives on these necessary and challenging conversations, with a focus on how white parents can actively interrupt the racist messages and stereotypes that children as young as three years old are already starting to pick up.   PRX, AudioPort, Download