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053 // Mental Health for Moms – Rachel Blackston, Robin Chapman & Shannon Owen

For the next 3 months, the Kindred Mom community will be covering a variety of topics under the “Healthy Mom” umbrella, beginning in February with Healthy Mind. In Episode 53, host Emily Sue Allen leads a conversation about Mental Health for Moms with Rachel Blackston, Robin Chapman, and Shannon Owen.

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About Podcast Host Emily Sue Allen – 

Emily Sue Allen is the founder of Kindred Mom, and she hosts/produces the Kindred Mom podcast. Emily is also a member of several communities for writers (including Hope*Writers and Rise Up Writers, among others) and she is a regular devotional writer for Joyful Life Magazine. Soul care for moms and helping women find joy in the midst of their motherhood journey are among her greatest passions. Emily is a contemplative, creative soul who celebrates the beauty of a humble, handmade life and deeply values the power of encouragement. She lives with her husband and six kids in the Pacific Northwest, and personally blogs at Find Kindred Mom on Instagram and Facebook, and follow Emily on Instagram to see her most recent family adventures.

Guests on this Episode

Robin Chapman

Robin Chapman is a full-time imperfect mama, wife, and Jesus follower. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband of 13 years and four children (ages 1 to 7). She’s trying hard to learn how to do this motherhood thing in a way that doesn’t land the whole family in intensive therapy, and she has a heart for helping other mamas buried in the little years know they are normal and there is hope. You can find her hiding out in the bathroom with a cup of coffee, or online looking for grace in her mundane and crazy life on her blog, Instagram, or Facebook.

Read some of Robin’s writing:
Growing Compassion For My Body  /  Parenting in Public  /  Tending a Marriage


Rachel Blackston

Rachel Blackston has worked as a mental health counselor since 2005, specializing in working with women with a history of trauma and abuse as well as those struggling with infertility and sexual betrayal. Outside of counseling, Rachel serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Reformed Theological Seminary and writes regularly for the blog Red Tent Living. She enjoys speaking in the community on topics such as the Knowing your Story, Sexuality, Attachment, Calling and the Enneagram. Rachel’s deepest joy is found in being in the presence of her husband, Michael and their three daughters, who are priceless gifts after several years of infertility.


Shannon Owen

Shannon Owen is a Dallas-born Longhorn who loves books. She married her opposite– a Houston native and Aggie engineer who loves nothing better than a good lighting project. She and her husband, Lee, live in Houston and are active members of Houston’s First Baptist. Shannon has a passion for discipleship within the local church, and loves serving with student ministry and teaching Bible studies. She has written and taught for ministries such as Waiting in Hope, Abide, YouVersion, Hope Mommies, and Give Grace. Shannon has two little girls, Avery (8) and Kate (4), who take up the majority of her time with snack requests and messy art projects.


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