What R U Doing Wednesday @10?

Two of Family Service of Rhode Island’s staff have become bona fide video stars!

What? You haven’t heard? Well then, what are you doing Wednesdays at 10 a.m.?

On April 8, in response to the pandemic, Family Service of Rhode Island launched a weekly “Facebook live” event to talk about mental health issues and related challenges.

It was an immediate hit!

Thousands of viewers regularly watch the Facebook broadcast or the post-broadcast recording. Topics have included “talking to children about COVID-19”; “the importance of self-care during COVID-19”; and “transitioning to distance learning.”

“Be Well RI Live” is hosted by two longtime Family Service of Rhode Island therapists, Kayla David LMFT and Sarah Kelly-Palmer LICSW. You may recognize them from their past appearances providing their insights on television news broadcasts or WPRI’s “The Rhode Show.”

These days, via Facebook, they’re helping kids and adults deal with pandemic-driven challenges that are drastically affecting the way we live, learn and work.

“The idea is to shift into a wellness mode,” said Kayla. And in these times of quarantines, social distancing, and working solo from home, “It’s normalizing,” said Sarah. “People feel like they’re not alone.”

They get a lot of thank yous.

Although they usually “wing it” with a few notes while on air, in fact there’s a lot of preparation before show time. For each half hour segment, they spend a couple of hours researching, outreaching to potential guests and planning with Family Service of Rhode Island’s technology maven Will Tregaskis, who makes sure “Be Well RI Live” streams smoothly.

What R U doing Wednesday @10? Check out https://www.facebook.com/FamilyServiceRI/ or visit the site 24/7 to see past programs.

Coming soon: Be Well RI Live in Spanish!