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14 minutes | 7 days ago
A Little Normal: an SCN short - Limited Series Wrap
This wraps up our 5-episode limited series on complex care pathways for treatment resistant depression. Mark and Dave chat about what they've learned, the strength of all the participants, and the necessary work of sharing stories. Thank you to Janssen Canada for providing the educational grant which made this possible. So-Called Normal will be taking a little break, but we've got more in-depth conversations coming soon!
25 minutes | 15 days ago
Jenn - Anxiously seeking so-called normal
Jenn is a storyteller. She shares with Mark the stories of her childhood, her worry and anxiety, and her long journey through mental illness. She continues to navigate her recovery, including both the expense of treatment and the boundaries of family understanding. Still, thanks in part to journaling and eventually finding intervention that worked, she's come a long way. Dr. Christina Iglesia and Dr. Jennifer Swainson return to examine the complexities of mental health, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
15 minutes | 22 days ago
A Little Normal: an SCN short - November 3
The final installment of the So-Called Normal limited series on treatment resistant depression will continue next week. Mark will speak with Jenn about her complex pathway and recovery from long-term depression. This week, Mark and Dave chat about anxiety, honouring kids' emotions, the role that families play in recovery, and how the medical system handles individual people.
29 minutes | a month ago
Thomas - Managing mental health at work and at home
Thomas was a high-performer in the pressure-packed restaurant industry. He was constantly working, even when he wasn't at work. Then, it all came crashing down. It was a long, unsustainable road that culminated in a severe mental illness. It caused him to reevaluate his life, and to navigate the complex process of becoming more mentally healthy. Thomas's journey taught him many lessons about recovery, resilience, and hope that he now eagerly shares to inspire others.
31 minutes | a month ago
Natasha - Helping, healing, and advocating for yourself
On this next installment of our limited So-Called Normal series on treatment-resistant depression, Mark speaks with Natasha about her long journey to recovery and the lessons that she learned along the way. Like many, given the confusing and overwhelming mental healthcare system, she learned important skills for both her own self-care and her ability to advocate for herself, as well as to find those who support her.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
A Little Normal: an SCN short - October 6
Mark talks with Dave Trafford about next week's episode of So-Called Normal, featuring Natasha.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
Shelley - Doing the work and travelling the long road to happiness
Shelley tried more than 20 different medications, and spent considerable resources as she navigated her mental health challenges over the years. She tells us about her road to recovery in this second So-Called Normal episode in our five-part mini-series exploring complex care pathways for treatment-resistant depression. Psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Swainson and clinical psychologist Dr. Christina Iglesia are back with expert commentary on some of the issues we address. Listen in as we explore Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, resetting the brain, and the lengths to which people will go to find relief.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
A Little Normal: an SCN short - September 22
Mark and Dave have a brief chat about the upcoming episode of So-Called Normal, featuring Shelley! We're continuing our exploration of the complex care pathways for treatment-resistant repression. We get into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, resetting the brain, and the lengths to which people will go to find relief. Make sure to catch up on Aiden's episode last week, and stay tuned for Shelley's episode coming up next week!
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Aiden - Navigating the transition to university while living with a complex mental illness
Welcome back to So-Called Normal! This is the first of our five-part mini-series exploring complex care pathways for treatment-resistant depression. On this first episode, we spoke with Aiden. He's been living with mental illness since he was eight years old. Now, he's navigating a new life in university, with new challenges and new opportunities for recovery. We're also joined by psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Swainson and clinical psychologist Dr. Christina Iglesia for their expert opinion on some of the issues Aiden raises in his long journey to redefine his life.
13 minutes | 3 months ago
A Little Normal: an SCN short - September 8
We're back! (For now anyway!) So-Called Normal returns for a 5 episode limited series, focusing on the complex care pathways for treatment-resistant depression. Next week you'll hear Mark's conversation with Aiden about his journey, followed by at least four more conversations every other week. Each episode explores the many challenges of getting help, featuring the stories of people who have lived through the challenge. Between episodes, including this one, Mark talks with long-time SCN producer Dave Trafford about some of the topics raised, and the lessons learned so far.
27 minutes | 10 months ago
Bell Let's Talk Special Part 4: Mark comes face to face with his rescuer years later
In part four of our Bell Let's Talk series, Mark and Mike tell the story their first meeting, and what it was like for Mark to say thank you and show Mike the life he's made for himself after that night on the bridge.
20 minutes | 10 months ago
Bell Let's Talk Special Part 3: Finding the man in the light brown jacket
In part three of our Bell Let's Talk series, Mark tells the story of trying to find "the man in the light brown jacket" and finds out from the man himself where he went after rescuing him all those years ago.
40 minutes | 10 months ago
Bell Let's Talk Special Part 2: How a stranger saved Mark's life
In part two of our Bell Let's Talk series, Mark sits down with Mike Richey, the man who saved his life when he was 15 years old, and finds out how he came to be at that bridge that night, and why he decided to help.
17 minutes | 10 months ago
Bell Let's Talk Special Part 1: Mark's long night on the bridge
In this first part of Mark's special 4-part series in honour of Bell Let's Talk Day (January 29), Mark finally tells his own story on the podcast. When Mark was 15 years old, he tried to take his own life, and was saved by a stranger. Now Mark sits down with that stranger to tell both sides of the story that bound them together forever. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow morning on Bell Let's Talk day.
54 minutes | 10 months ago
#61: Elvira Kurt - Renowned Canadian comic on evolving her comedy and herself
Mark is joined by Canadian comedian Elvira Kurt for a hilarious and insightful conversation on her personal story and how it's continued to inform her comedy. Anxiety, coming out, family, and parenting--they touch on a wide range of topics, all through Elvira's humorous and honest gaze.
58 minutes | 10 months ago
#60: Paula Allen - Researcher on the human side of employee assistance
Mark is joined by Paula Allen, SVP of Research, Analytics and Innovation for Morneau Shepell. They discuss the more personal side of employment assistance programs and what the research says about how these programs can meet employees needs and support them to be the happiest and healthiest at work.
51 minutes | 10 months ago
#59: Stephen Liptrap - CEO of Morneau Shepell on employee assistance for mental health and well-being
Mark sits down with Stephen Liptrap, the President and CEO of Morneau Shepell, a Canadian HR company that specializes in Employee and Family Assistance Programs which provide mental health and wellness support to employees and their families. They discuss the evidence behind their approach to EFAP, the results they've produced and some of the myths that should be dispelled.
56 minutes | 10 months ago
#58: Karim Mamdani - CEO of mental health centre on evolving psychiatric hospital care
Mark is joined by Karim Mamdani, the President and CEO of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services in Whitby, Ontario. They discuss the evolving nature of mental health services and the driving philosophy and policy behind Ontario Shores.
62 minutes | 10 months ago
#57: Dr. Javeed Sukhera - Prominent psychiatrist on mental health as both a medical and a social issue
Mark is joined by Javeed Sukhera, Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at Western University and President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. They discuss why he chose psychiatry and the stigma that psychiatrists sometimes face, and how he treats mental health as both a social issue and a biomedical one.
61 minutes | a year ago
#56: Dr. Michael Higgins - Professor of Catholic Thought on being religious instead of pious
Mark is joined by his longtime friend Dr. Michael Higgins, academic, author of over a dozen books, and distinguished professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University. They discuss the difference between being religious and being pious, and dive into the philosophies of revolutionary thinkers like Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen and how they relate to mental health.
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