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Caring for Families in Crises & Beyond

Caring for Families in Crises & Beyond

November 18, 2021

In this episode of Let's Talk Portsmouth, we have a conversation about foster care and adoption with The UP Center. An organization that has been around since the 1800s, the UP Center provides more than 20 critical support services for children and families. Joining us is Ms. Sabrina Carr, Outreach Coordinator, for The UP Center’s Foster Care and Adoption Program. Get a notepad and pencil. She shares contact information for The Up Center that you'll want to write down.

It‘s A Blue, Blue Christmas - Avoiding the Holiday Blues

It‘s A Blue, Blue Christmas - Avoiding the Holiday Blues

November 4, 2021

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are just around the corner. And although these occasions are supposed to be joyous, the pressures and expectations can bring added stress. Fatigue and isolation can compound feelings of loneliness. Reacting negatively to cope with holiday stress could be a sign of holiday depression. Over-eating, behaving impulsively, or withdrawing from family and friends are signs of holiday depression. On this issue, we speak with Kelly Dwyer, a clinical therapist with Portsmouth Behavioral Healthcare Services. Dwyer offers tips on recognizing the signs of the holiday blues and shares information on avoiding the holiday blues.  

 

Libraries in the 21st Century - Literacy in America

Libraries in the 21st Century - Literacy in America

November 4, 2021

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the literacy rate in the US is 79 percent; 21 percent of American adults are illiterate or functionally illiterate. On this issue of Let's Talk Portsmouth, we speak with Todd Elliott, director of the Portsmouth Public Library system, about today's libraries and what these institutions offer the public to keep them engaged. Need help with your literacy? Check out the Portsmouth Reads Adult Literacy program by calling 757-641-2145. If your child needs assistance, contact Children's Harbor Olde Towne at 757-399-1337. Stop by any branch of the Portsmouth Public Library system. While you're there, check out a new book and PCTV Channel 48 for news and information. 

Your Mental Health & COVID-19

Your Mental Health & COVID-19

October 22, 2021

In this episode, we talk to Portsmouth Behavioral Healthcare Services about COVID-19 and mental health. Sick of hearing about COVID? We understand. That’s why we invited Nathan Woodard, director of Behavioral Healthcare Services to talk about coping with the stress of a global pandemic. Woodard is a Ph.D. candidate pursuing a degree in counseling and psychological studies. He has worked in the mental health and substance use field and offers tips and advice to cope with the stress.

COVID-19 — Just the Facts

COVID-19 — Just the Facts

October 21, 2021

In this issue of Let's Talk Portsmouth, we’re doing a bit of myth-busting, investigating, shedding light, and asking the hard questions about COVID-19. There’s so much misinformation circulating we wanted to take this opportunity to talk with a medical expert that would provide you with Just the Facts about this global pandemic. To help all of us learn more about COVID-19, we interviewed Dr. Parham Jaberi, chief deputy commissioner for public health preparedness with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Dr. Jaberi shares a wealth of knowledge about the pandemic, public health, vaccinations, and credible resources to get accurate COVID-19 information. 

Portsmouth Crime Line: Still Taking a Bite Out of Crime

Portsmouth Crime Line: Still Taking a Bite Out of Crime

October 8, 2021

In episode #3 of Let’s Talk Portsmouth, we talk about Crime Line . . . a crime-fighting tool that’s been around since 1975. Kathryn Hall serves as the secretary for the Portsmouth Crime Line organization and in our interview, she dispels myths about Crime Line and its effectiveness.  

Portsmouth Police Chief Talks About Crime & Solutions

Portsmouth Police Chief Talks About Crime & Solutions

October 7, 2021

Portsmouth Police Chief Renado Prince was sworn-in September 3, 2021, and has more than 38 years of law enforcement experience. Our discussion centers on crime-fighting strategies, police recruitment, community engagement, and more.

A Conversation about Homelessness

A Conversation about Homelessness

September 23, 2021

On this issue of the Let's Talk Portsmouth, we speak with the executive director of Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless Dr. Darlene Sparks Washington. If you're interested in volunteering, donating, or getting involved reach out at 757-399-0200 or write Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless, 800 Williamsburg Avenue, Suite B, Portsmouth VA 23704 (check/money order donations) https://www.facebook.com/PortsmouthVolunteersfortheHomeless (electronic donations). 

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