We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Olsher and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started my business for the reason many people start businesses — I saw a problem, and there was no solution on the market.

Mighty + Bright began as a co-parenting calendar to support the mental health of children of divorce. It is based on the science of relieving anxiety through routine and showing kids what to expect. Using the calendar, kids can easily see when they’ll see each of their parents, which relieves their stress during a time of major change.

As time went on, Mighty + Bright has evolved, especially over the course of the pandemic. When mental health professionals declared a state of emergency for kids’ mental health in June of 2021, I realized that as parents, we need to take matters into our own hands.

Our nation’s kids have been cracking for years. The first major school shooting was in my junior year of high school, and I remember thinking, “something is very wrong.” Now I have kids of my own, and nothing has changed — it’s only gotten worse. Anxiety, depression, and suicide in childhood are all on the rise, and I think we need to stop waiting for help.

We’ve been waiting for policy changes.

We’ve been waiting for the schools to do something.

We’ve been waiting for our healthcare organizations to prioritize our kids’ mental health.

The truth is, no one is coming to help us, and mental health prevention is in the hands of parents and caregivers.

My goal has been (and always will be) to help kids cope with really difficult things. I write books and create products to support them through major changes like divorce and cancer, but I’ve started adding products to help kids with life in general.

Because life, unfortunately, is really hard — and most of us don’t have the skills to cope with it.

What should our readers know about your business?
Kids’ mental health has been my passion for the last nine or so years, and I’ve been constantly iterating this business since its inception. The first calendar was basically a laminated piece of paper with magnets I made by hand. Now it’s professionally manufactured. I have always worked to make it the best it can be and been persistent about keeping the business itself alive, even when I was working other full-time jobs or going through cancer treatment. In many ways, being able to give back in this way has kept me going through the hardest times in my life.

When I first started writing books, I wrote the book about cancer I wish I’d had for my daughter, called “What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer.” I had no idea that hospitals were using it until I reached out to donate copies of my next book, “What Happens When a Kid Has Cancer.” I can’t even describe how incredible it feels to get emails from some of the biggest children’s hospitals in the country telling me how much they love my books and the calendars that go along with them.

Last year I formed a nonprofit organization called Resilience Campaign to distribute books to pediatric cancer patients and their siblings. I was pretty blown away by how little funding hospitals have for mental health resources, and wanted to do something to help. Mighty + Bright will help support the nonprofit, but I’m still looking for a major donor.

If I’ve learned anything from this process, it’s to keep pushing forward and doing the next right thing. I try not to get too worked up when things don’t work out right away (like still needing a donor for my nonprofit, for example). Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster of incredible highs and pretty rotten lows when things go wrong. I have to believe it will work out if given enough time.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the beach, so I’d probably take a friend to bike the Strand. I’m also a big fan of art, so I’d probably show them the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. And one of the best dates I have had was to The Comedy Store, so I’d probably try to catch a comedy show!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my partner, my parents, my family, and my friends, who have supported me through my divorce, cancer treatment, and my entrepreneurial journey. To my cancer buddies, who have learned self-care on this path right with me.
To Jaclyn Hull, the therapist that walked with me through the dark after my divorce.
To the free mental health resources I participated in throughout my treatment.
To entrepreneur buddies who have provided resources and cast vision with me.
To the many teachers, social workers, and certified child life specialists who have given me feedback on my books,
To my Aunt Lois, Pop, and all my guides who have shown me the next right step,
and to my daughter Charlie, who has been a constant source of inspiration.

Website: http://www.mightyandbright.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mightyandbrightco

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saraolsher/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saraolsher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mightyandbrightco

Other: http://www.resiliencecampaign.org

Image Credits
Sara Olsher Lisa Chow Photography

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