Can We Talk: a National Miniseries for Mental Health Awareness Month
Can We Talk is our miniseries for Mental Health Awareness in May. The first season broadcast nationally in May 2019 on 221 stations in 32 states and Washington D.C. In 2020, due to COVID we waited to launch the series until October. Our theme for 2020 and 2021 is “Finding Courage.” Stations either broadcast them weekly for a month, or broadcast them separately, when the topic is especially relevant. Each episode explores a subject that is difficult to talk about through a combination of storytelling and expert guidance, offering listeners practical tools for navigating challenging conversations. Each season of the miniseries includes four hour-long episodes:
2020-1: Finding Courage:
2019: Can we Talk:
Community Listening & Conversation
In partnership with community organizations, schools, and libraries, Safe Space Radio hosts public listening and discussion events featuring issues, stories, and guests from Can We Talk. Public events afford listeners the opportunity to practice talking about difficult subjects in real time, and to engage with issues raised in the series such as restorative justice, access to healthcare, the opioid epidemic, homelessness, or racial justice—many of which affect the daily lives of Mainers. Current partners include Maine Initiatives, Maine Inside Out, Maine Wabanaki REACH, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Alliance (GLSEN), Maine Medical Center, Waynflete School, and others. We also offer listening and training events for organizational leadership, such as staff, board members, and constituents of community-based nonprofits who work in each content area. This project is made possible with support from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.
Safe Space Radio offers two series of brief story prompts for groups to use in discussion and education: for family caregivers for those with dementia, and for LGBTQ teens and their allies. These prompts were designed to invite conversation and open sharing about difficult experiences.
Safe Space Radio offers ten free online educational webinars for students in medicine, nursing, social work, and psychology. We are dedicated to supporting the next generation of mental health clinicians in fostering courage and empathy, facilitating positive provider-patient relationships, and working for positive change in the treatment of mental illness. Each webinar addresses a subject that is hard to talk about that affects the health of our patients. They each include learning objectives, discussion questions, a quiz for knowledge retention, and a printable certificate of completion.
Continuing Education Clinician License Renewal
Safe Space Radio now offers continuing education credits for license renewal for physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers. Maine Medical Center has designated each podcast for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. The fee of $30 will be used to create new programming that fosters empathy, reduces stigma, and inspires the difficult conversations that improve our health.
After-School Radio & Social Change Internship
In partnership with two organizations in the Bronx, DreamYard, an arts and social justice organization, and HERE to HERE, an equity and career pathways program, we work with a team of high school students who train as production advisors to assist in the creation of our radio mini-series, Can We Talk. Students participate in all phases of content and idea development, interviewing, writing, and editing, to learn about the relationship between narrative and social change and develop skills for future work in media, advocacy, or the nonprofit sector. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Pinkerton Foundation.
Safe Space Radio co-hosts a conference on mental health topics in partnership with the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians. The conference takes place in Portland, Maine, and features experts, speakers, and storytellers from around the country.
- 2018: Meeting the Mental and Physical Health Needs of Immigrants, Refugees, & Asylum Seekers
- 2020: Sexual Health Issues in Psychiatric and Medical Practice
The Waiting Room Project
Safe Space Radio offers playlists of podcasts from our archive on topics that may be of interest to patients in pediatric, internal medicine, psychiatry, family medicine, and gynecology waiting rooms. The playlists can be accessed instantly on mobile devices via digital QR codes so that patients can listen while they wait.
Dr. Anne Hallward speaks internationally on emotional courage, stigma and shame, traumatic silence, and voluntary vulnerability as a form of leadership. Please direct engagement inquiries to Dana Glass, Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest!