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Moving Forward Through Partnerships

About the show

Discussions on topics related to mental health, addictions, and life in Ontario, Canada. We aim to provide our listeners with tools and resources that will help them to improve their own mental health and wellness, as well as tools to help them support their family members, loved ones, and their communities at large. If you would like to provide feedback and/or request future topics, please use the following link: https://forms.gle/MhSNiyMm2c2xsiv8A.

We regret to announce that the ONTX text and chat program will cease operations on November 30th, 2023. Text and chat services will remain available until that date, however, they will no longer be accessible starting December 1st, 2023. If you are seeking support alternatives, we encourage you to visit our website at www.dcontario.org/locations to locate your nearest Member centre, some of which provide their own text and/or chat support services.

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  • Episode 283: Father's Day and Men's Mental Health

    June 10th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  21 mins 12 secs
    father's day, men's mental health

    June is Men's Mental Health Month; Father's Day is also coming up soon. This week, Katelyn Doyle talks with a guest about both of these topics and how they are connected. Our guest speaks to their experience as a father, an immigrant to Canada, and a man.

  • Episode 282: On Self Image and Beauty Standards

    June 3rd, 2024  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 35 secs
    beauty standards, self image

    This week, Caitlin Plant and Katelyn Doyle talk about self-image and beauty standards in the digital age. They often reference the article "It's Not Your Imagination. Beautiful Women All Look Alike Now" by Carlyn Beccia, which is linked here: https://medium.com/moments-of-passion/its-not-your-imagination-beautiful-women-all-look-alike-now-62ebac085a0a

  • Episode 281: Celebrating Queer Joy

    May 27th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  19 mins 46 secs
    2slgbtqia+, pride month

    This week, Katelyn Doyle and Ren Reid talk about how we can celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ joy as we approach Pride month this June. Ren Reid is an eclectic theatre creator and performer, in addition to being a drag artist and writer. They graduated from Brock University where they received their BA Honors in Theatre with a Concentration in Performance. As Ren mentions in the podcast, if you'd like to support the 2SLGBTQIA+ arts community, feel free to visit https://suitcaseinpoint.com/in-the-soil-arts-festival/. There's lots to celebrate.

  • Episode 280: On Intersectionality and Mental Health

    May 20th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 40 secs
    intersectionality, mental health

    This week, Caitlin Plant and Katelyn Doyle discuss the intersectionality of mental health. Intersectionality is “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.” When we apply the concept of intersectionality to mental health, we recognize that various factors intersect to influence an individual's overall mental health.

  • Episode 279: On Children's Mental Health and Theatre

    May 13th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  23 mins 13 secs
    children's mental health, theatre

    This week, Katelyn Doyle, Communications and Marketing Manager at DCO, is joined by Bethany Joy Radford to talk about children's mental health, theatre, and how we can support our youth. Bethany Joy Radford is an actor, director, and educator living in Toronto, Ontario. They hold a BA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario, and a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor. They have directed and taught children and youth musical theatre throughout southwestern Ontario, from the education department at the Stratford Festival, to Bravo Academy in Toronto, and many more.

  • Episode 278: On Mental Health and Motherhood

    May 6th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  17 mins 40 secs
    mental health, motherhood

    To everyone who celebrates Mother’s Day this Sunday, we hope you have a wonderful day. This week, Caitlin Plant, Program Manager at Distress and Crisis Ontario, and her friend, Char, a new mom and OB nurse, talk about motherhood. They discuss post-partum anxiety and rage, how motherhood changes the pace of life, and more.

  • Episode 277: On Mental Health Week 2024

    April 29th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  24 mins 26 secs
    on mental health week 2024

    May 6th – 12th is CMHA’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is “A Call to be Kind”. This week, Caitlin Plant and Katelyn Doyle discuss the theme and how a little kindness and compassion can go a long way. To learn more about this year’s theme, visit: https://cmha.ca/mental-health-week/. To learn more about CMHA’s partnership with the kid’s television show Nanalan, visit: https://cmha.ca/story/nanalan-partners-with-cmha-for-mental-health-week-to-highlight-the-power-of-compassion/.

  • Episode 276: On Breaking Down Barriers in Women’s Healthcare – Bonus Episode

    April 27th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 29 secs

    In this bonus episode Caitlin Plant, Program Manager at Distress and Crisis Ontario, has a conversation with outgoing student intern, Marina. They discuss Marina’s time at her placement as well as discussing the topics explored in a blog post written by Marina. In her blog post, “Breaking Down Barriers in Women’s Healthcare”, Marina explores common systemic barriers faced by women accessing healthcare, additional barriers that impact minority populations, and solutions and initiatives that could improve women’s healthcare experiences. You can read the blog here: https://www.dcontario.org/breaking-down-barriers-in-womens-healthcare.

  • Episode 275: On Seasonal Affective Disorder 2024

    April 22nd, 2024  |  Season 2  |  13 mins 5 secs
    sad, springtime

    This week, Katelyn Doyle, Communications and Marketing Manager at DCO, talks about springtime and seasonal affective disorder. The arrival of spring can bring unexpected challenges. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), typically associated with the winter months, can also manifest in the springtime for many. She uses research and articles which are linked below to talk about SAD.

  • Episode 274: On National Volunteer Week

    April 15th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  20 mins 20 secs
    volunteer appreciation, volunteerism

    This week is National Volunteer Week! Join Katelyn Doyle, Communications and Marketing Manager at DCO, and talk about volunteer appreciation. The theme for 2024 is “Every Moment Matters” which aims to highlight the important contributions of volunteers in Canada. Our member centres and many other organizations rely on the support of volunteers. So thank you volunteers!

  • Episode 273: On Spring Cleaning and mental health

    April 6th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  22 mins 55 secs
    mental health, spring cleaning

    This week Caitlin Plant, Program Manager, and Katelyn Doyle, Marketing and Communications Manager, talk about using spring cleaning as a form of self-care. They pull from two articles, (linked below), and discuss their own challenges and thoughts on spring cleaning.

  • Episode 272: Archive Episode: On a 7th Grader's View of Gender Roles and Bodily Autonomy

    April 1st, 2024  |  Season 2  |  12 mins 23 secs
    body autonomy, gender roles

    In this archived episode, Caitlin sits down with her daughter, now a 7th grader, to gain her perspective once again on some current events. Together, they discuss gender roles, bodily autonomy, and the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade making the criminalization of abortion a reality in some states. If you would like more information or potential tips for managing stress related to these events.

  • Episode 271: On Gender-based Violence

    March 25th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  23 mins 15 secs
    gender-based violence, women

    This week Caitlin Plant, Program Manager at DCO and Katelyn Doyle, Communications and Marketing Manager at DCO are talking about gender-based violence in Canada, and how we can best support those calling about gender-based violence.

  • Episode 270: On Womanhood

    March 18th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  34 mins 12 secs
    international women's day, womanhood, women

    This week, Caitlin Plant, DCO Program Manager; Katelyn Doyle, DCO Communications and Marketing Manager; and Sabrina Popernitsch, a registered psychotherapist, have joined together to talk about their experiences with womanhood. They reflect on International Women's Day, motherhood, sisterhood, and their personal experiences with being a woman.

  • Episode 269: On Earth Hour

    March 11th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  18 mins 2 secs
    climate change, earth hour, environmentalism

    This week Katelyn Doyle, Communications and Marketing Manager at DCO, is in conversation with DCO's Program Manager, Caitlin Plant about Earth Hour. This year, we are going lights out on Saturday Mar 23 from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. According to EarthHour.org, “Last year, over 410,000 hours were given to our planet by supporters in over 190 countries and territories.” Let's do even better this year!

  • Episode 268: On Acting Intimacy Coordination Pt 2

    March 4th, 2024  |  Season 2  |  25 mins 48 secs
    consent, intimacy coordination

    This week Katelyn Doyle, Communications and Marketing Manager at DCO, is in conversation with Rebecca Lashmar about intimacy coordination. Intimacy on stage can be a powerful tool for storytelling, but it also raises important questions about consent, boundaries, and safety. Rebecca Lashmar, is an actor, creator and intimacy professional.