Thought Factory Podcast
#706 || The Epidemic of Adolescent Anxiety

#706 || The Epidemic of Adolescent Anxiety

October 23, 2019

Mental health is a very complex issue that is impacting the lives of adolescents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 youth has anxiety and 1 in 10 has depression.  Many of those who are invested in the lives of students may feel under-equipped to serve and help those struggling with anxiety.  In this episode, Jeff and Jayson discuss this epidemic and how we can best respond to those who struggle with it.

#705 || Pressures of Being an Adolescent

#705 || Pressures of Being an Adolescent

October 15, 2019

Students are under a lot of pressure.  The pressures of getting the top grades, the pressure to compete and succeed in sports, the pressure to fit in and be liked, the pressure of flawlessly managing a digital persona, the pressure of others’ expectations, the pressure to always make the right decision.  It feels like students must be perfect in all areas of their life, but who's putting that pressure on them?  All this pressure is stressful.  In today's episode, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss the stress adolescents experience and how adults can help them handle many of the stressors of today. 

#704 || EVENTS that Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

#704 || EVENTS that Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

October 9, 2019

We are looking back to people, places and things that have shaped the modern American youth ministry movement. Our special co-host was an eyewitness to all of these things. His name is Allen Weed, the founder and director of Interlinc. Allen continues to be a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the national scene of youth ministry as well as in music and media influencers. Today Jeff talks with Allen about the most influential events in youth ministry historically. 

#703 || MOVEMENTS that Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

#703 || MOVEMENTS that Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

October 1, 2019

We are looking back to people, places and things that have shaped the modern American youth ministry movement. Our special co-host was an eyewitness to all of these things. His name is Allen Weed, the founder and director of Interlinc. Allen continues to be a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the national scene of youth ministry as well as in music and media influencers. Today Jeff talks with Allen about the most influential movements in youth ministry historically. 

#702 || PEOPLE who Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

#702 || PEOPLE who Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

September 24, 2019
We are looking back to people, places and things that have shaped the modern American youth ministry movement. Our special co-host was an eyewitness to all of these things. His name is Allen Weed, the founder and director of Interlinc. Allen continues to be a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the national scene of youth ministry as well as in music and media influencers. Today Jeff talks with Allen about the most influential people in youth ministry historically. 
#701 || Phil Joel | Moments That Mobilize Movements

#701 || Phil Joel | Moments That Mobilize Movements

September 18, 2019

In the first episode of season seven, host Jeff Eckart and guest host Phil Joel examine two critical moments that mobilized movements in history. We compare Woodstock: the music festival that took the world by storm and the Asbury Revival, a much lesser known event that was key in starting the Jesus movement. What are some key aspects of these two events that were significant enough to start movements and change the world? 

#612 || Students in the Age of Comparison

#612 || Students in the Age of Comparison

May 7, 2019

We continue our discussion on mental health, looking at some of the causes of increased student depression and anxiety - stemming from constantly comparing themselves to others online.  Since the advent of social media and in the age of likes, followers, comments, and digital connections, the mental health of a student has been impacted significantly.  Imagine being an adolescent and never feeling good enough because someone else is always going to appear better than them?  Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer speak to Clinton Faupel from Remedy Live, an online suicide prevention and crisis chat resource for students. They also speak with Phil Joel of Zealand Worship and Newsboys United about his new book, Redwoods and Whales: Becoming Who You Actually Are.  

#611 || Physiology Behind Student Depression and Anxiety

#611 || Physiology Behind Student Depression and Anxiety

April 30, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Depression and anxiety are gripping adolescents and there is no easy pill to swallow to eradicate this from their lives.  Someone cannot just simply “cheer up” or “snap out of it” to solve the problem. Twenty percent of youth between 13-18 live with a mental health condition and that number seems to continue to grow each year.  Jackie Sheppard, who has over 50 years of study and research in this area of science and medicine, discusses the connection between the gut and the brain.  Issues start in the gut, which affects the brain, and the body affects the mind, will, and emotion of a person.  Could the solution to overcoming mental illness be more than just taking medication? Could it be found in replacing the things we've deprived from our bodies? 

#610 || Neuropsychology of an Adolescent Brain

#610 || Neuropsychology of an Adolescent Brain

April 23, 2019

Dr. Michael Wolff is a co-owner of Brains, an organization that is about maximizing the potential of families through understanding the complex relationship between the brain, the body, and real life. He is a Neuropsychologist and Diplomate, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.  Since the advent of the iPhone in 2007, middle school students are the first generation that has never known a world without the device.  How does the smartphone affect the development of an adolescent brain and how can we prevent students from becoming addicted to screens?

 

#609 || Julie Morgenstern | Students and Schedules

#609 || Julie Morgenstern | Students and Schedules

April 16, 2019

Julie Morgenstern is an organizing and productivity consultant, New York Times best-selling author, and speaker. For over 30 years, Julie has been teaching people all around the world and at all stages of life how to overcome disorganization to achieve their goals. Her mission is to free each individual to make their unique contribution to the world—by helping them design their own systems for managing time and space that feel natural and are easy to maintain.  Today, students are busier than ever. They’re overwhelmed, and it’s affecting them in more ways than one. What if there was a way to experience breakthrough in how they manage their schedules so that they’re not filled with anxiety?