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Ep. 18- Parenting Children with Mental Health Challenges: An Interview with John Correia

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***Trigger warning: conversation about self-harm and suicide.***

Our guest on the podcast today is Karis’ long time friend, John.

John Correia is a follower of the Way of Jesus, a husband, a daddy, and a smoked meat lover.

His background is as a pastor, teacher and professor with 9 years teaching undergraduates and 5 years teaching graduate students.

Today he is the owner of Active Self Protection, the most watched self-defense and real-life defensive firearms-use channel in the world on YouTube with over 20 million views a month. 

He is a firearms and martial arts instructor whose primary passion is still to know Jesus and help others know Him.

He’s kind of a big deal in the firearms world, but that’s not what he came to talk with us about. Behind his tough guy exterior is a tender warrior who has fought a personal battle on the front lines of his family. He and his wife Laura have faced incredible challenges parenting children who have had significant mental health struggles. As he shares his story, we pray you hear echos of hope in the pain and beauty rising from ashes.

Resources and Links:

  • If you or someone you love has thoughts of suicide or self-harm please call 800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741 or go immediately to the Emergency Department
  • Reach out to John Correia:

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Karis Kimmel Murray is the author of Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst and the Creative Director of Family Matters®, a ministry who’s internationally hosted parenting and marriage events, radio and television broadcasts, articles, videos, website and best-selling books (written by Karis’ parents and Family Matters’ founders Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel,) Grace Based Parenting and Grace Filled Marriage, have been used by God to transform tens of thousands of families into instruments of His restoration and reformation.
Karis writes and speaks for Family Matters as a voice to the next generation of parents. Karis is co-host of The Family Matters Minute, a nationally syndicated one-minute radio segment heard by millions of listeners every weekday.
Karis lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Mike, their two teenage daughters and a ragamuffin menagerie of pets.