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Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting Mental Health with Achea Redd

People of color are especially prone to the stigmas associated with seeking mental health care. Mental health advocate Achea Redd is here to create safe spaces for women and girls of color to ask for and receive the help they need to live their best lives—the help she wished she’d had when she was struggling.
In her third book, The Precipice of Mental Health: Becoming Your Own Safe Space (Forefront Books, May 3, 2022), Achea, wife of NBA icon Michael Redd, shares her personal battle with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, atypical anorexia, and her estranged relationship with her father. Achea’s honesty is key to helping readers understand that there is a path to healing for those who are struggling. It’s also an eye-opening look at how spouses and family members can help someone during a mental health crisis.

Spotlighting Seattle Pride

Krystal Marx is the Executive Director of Seattle Pride. We talk about the upcoming parade Sunday June 26th in Seattle. She also touches on the other services Seattle Pride provides throughout the rest of the year.

Spotlighting Mental Health with Achea Redd

People of color are especially prone to the stigmas associated with seeking mental health care. Mental health advocate Achea Redd is here to create safe spaces for women and girls of color to ask for and receive the help they need to live their best lives—the help she wished she’d had when she was struggling.
In her third book, The Precipice of Mental Health: Becoming Your Own Safe Space (Forefront Books, May 3, 2022), Achea, wife of NBA icon Michael Redd, shares her personal battle with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, atypical anorexia, and her estranged relationship with her father. Achea’s honesty is key to helping readers understand that there is a path to healing for those who are struggling. It’s also an eye-opening look at how spouses and family members can help someone during a mental health crisis.

Spotlighting Operation Teddy Bear Lift

Lilliya Kovalenko joins me to talk about Warm 106.9 and the Ukraine Association of Washington State, or UAWS, have teamed up for Operation Teddy Bear Lift. It’s a campaign to send over 10,000 teddy bears to children affected by the war in Ukraine. Warm 106.9 and its promotional partners will be raising monetary donations for UAWS. Donations will be directed to www.uaws.org and will go toward purchasing neonatal incubators to replace those from destroyed medical facilities.
https://uaws.org/

Spotlighting Chicken Soup for the Soul Your 10 Keys to Happiness

Chief Editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul Amy Newmark, joins us to share her latest book of 101 stories reflecting the 10 Keys to Happiness. Amy says this is a heart project after reading thousands of stories and the lessons learned from them she realized there are 10 keys to happiness and each key has 10 stories to reinforce the ideas.
https://www.amazon.com/Chicken-Soup-Soul-Happiness-Real-Life/dp/1611590914

Spotlighting Naturella By Halisi Ali El

Halisi Ali Elis shares how she came to write the story of Nature ella and how she hopes an ethnic fairy tale will resonate with children of color. The story of Naturella is an ethnic Cinderella tale that encourages self love.
https://www.amazon.com/Story-Naturella-Halisi-Ali-Eli/dp/1950649644/ref=sr_1_2?crid=CFREWCOABP17&keywords=naturella&qid=1654043223&s=audible&sprefix=naturella%2Caudible%2C91&sr=1-2-catcorr

Spotlighting Grief and Trauma Chaplaincy

Cindy and Merle Meyers are grief and trauma chaplains. Going through grief, trauma, and loss is never easy, and no one need experience it alone. At Grief and Trauma Chaplaincy, we are qualified and experienced in companioning, and here to come alongside you to offer you information and encouragement.
https://www.griefandtraumachaplaincy.com/

Spotlighting Think About Thinking

Joining me is LaVerne McGrath the founder of ThinkAboutThinking.com. It is a comprehensive website to help people discover ways to cope with life situations. This Month is Mental Health Awareness month so any First Responder can enter this code on the website and join for free for the month of May.
Enter this Code when joining: FREE41STRESP-MAY

TaT is a private, self-guided online service that provides hundreds of wisdom resources. Experience hundreds of videos, supplemental materials and attend Live Events to improve your world while preventing harmful acts to self and others.

Spotlighting MicroGenDX DNA

Rick Martin is the CEO of MicroGenDX, a diagnostic laboratory providing DNA sequencing and rapid PCR-based microbial testing for clinical applications. Martin says a new testing protocol for rapidly detecting and identifying infective microbes by their genetic sequence has recently been developed by his biotech laboratory MicroGenDX. The test can identify and list by prevalence more than 50,000 microbial species. Basically rather than growing a culture as labs have done in the past, MicroGenDX uses DNA sequencing to find these problems quicker and more efficiently. https://microgendx.com/

Spotlighting March for Babies

Joining me is Hayley Satema Donor Development Manager and Amy Thorne the Parent Ambassador for March for Babies. March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. March of Dimes supports research, lead programs and provides education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy, they support every pregnant person and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Find us on Facebook and follow us with #marchofdimes and @marchofdimes.
March for Babies big event is LIVE this year at the Woodland Park Zoo on May 14th.
marchforbabies.org/event/westernwashington