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MHAGC Featured on Podcast - Kefi Life: 78. Parenting in 2022

Stella Kalfas, President, and CEO of Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago, discusses parenting children in 2022.  Stella’s maxim: Treat them as they are- what you want them to be!

This year has been challenging for everyone in many different ways, in sharing this story I am in no way complaining or saying my year has been tougher than anyone else’s. I only wish to share my story for those who need it, for those who have gone through similar challenges to let them know that they are not alone.


Restorative justice is a cooperative approach to handling bullying, crime and criminal behaviors. This practice is a different way of thinking about justice and it is currently on the rise within schools and communities. Restorative justice focuses on the response to harmful behaviors and differs from traditional disciplinary measures as it emphasizes rehabilitating offenders in an effort to mend and build relationships.

Feeling any type of emotion is part of being human. Whether it be happiness, anger, excitement, or regret, we all have feelings. At times, feelings can become overwhelming, which can cause anxiety or depression. When we are at an emotional high, a technique called emotional regulation, also known as self-regulation, can help us to rethink or challenge our responses to certain emotions.

PTSD  is a mental health disorder that can be managed in a variety of ways. PTSD and trauma are the results of stressful events or experiences which can make you feel as though your life is constantly threatened. You may struggle with feelings of loneliness and helplessness which can cause you to have your guard up and to disassociate from others.

 My time in middle school are some years I’ll never forget. And some I will forget. But as an 11 year old, starting middle school was so scary for me. The school work was hard, the pressure to get from class to class in 2 minutes or get detention was overwhelming, and my mental health situation became very prominent during middle school.

I remember the first time I ever felt what I thought was “anxiety”. I was a junior in high school and was taking the SAT for the third time. I thought I was pretty good at school until receiving my scores from the first test which made me doubt myself and my abilities to get into my top choices for college.