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Moving Forward Through Partnerships

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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 51: Dr Beach Interview with Matthew Luppino on his film H.O.P.E

    October 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 58 secs

    Dr. Beach talks with Matthew Luppino about his award-winning film, H.O.P.E. (Hold. On. Pain. Ends), and his own mission to promote mental wellness.

  • Episode 50: Dr. Beach Suicide Insights

    October 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  7 mins 14 secs

    Dr. Beach Shares his Suicide Insights (Youtube audio)

  • Episode 49: Youth Bullying

    October 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 47 secs

    Bullying is one type of youth violence that threatens young people's well-being. Bullying can result in harm or distress including physical injuries, social and emotional difficulties, and academic problems. The harmful effects of bullying are frequently

  • Episode 48: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    October 18th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 19 secs

    Hearing impairment, deafness, or hearing loss refers to the inability to hear things, either totally or partially. Hearing loss or deafness can affect individuals at any age and can occur for a variety of reasons. Prenatal factors, complications during pr

  • Episode 47: Victim Services

    October 11th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 21 secs

    Dealing with crisis is something that we all face at some point in our lives. No one is immune to violence, crime or uncontrollable circumstance. Sudden death, physical abuse, sexual assault, suicide or theft can happen to us or our loved ones at any mome

  • Episode 46: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD

    October 3rd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  15 mins 51 secs

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a severe and debilitating anxiety disorder afflicting about one adult in 40, making it twice as common as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and the fourth most common psychiatric disorder, according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

  • Episode 45: Understanding the Impact of Epilepsy on Family Members

    September 26th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 29 secs

    Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder which has a tremendous effect on the individual as well as a significant impact on their family. Epilepsy affects one in every 100 people in Canada but the number of people that are impacted by the disorder on a day to day basis is actually much greater when one considers family members and caregivers.

  • Episode 44: Introduction to Seizures and Epilepsy

    September 19th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 39 secs

    Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders affecting approximately 300,000 Canadians. Most often starting in childhood or else presenting later in life, anyone can develop epilepsy at any time. This condition affects people of all ages, all

  • Episode 43: Conversations in healing- Kevin's Journey

    September 13th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 3 secs
    addictions, kevin, sobriety

    This week we're joined by Kevin who's here to detail his journey to 1 year (and 2 days) of sobriety, what led him to this journey and struggles it took to get here as well as insights into what insights that have/haven't helped his journey.

  • Episode 42: Blind or Partially Sighted

    September 6th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  17 mins 37 secs

    Vision loss can occur at any age and can be caused by eye problems that are present at birth, by conditions that appear later in life, or by infections or environmental factors. Aging however, seems to be most closely connected to the eye health of indivi

  • Episode 41: Duty to report

    August 30th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  16 mins 28 secs

    We all share a responsibility to protect children from harm. This includes situations where children are abused or neglected in their own homes. Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) provides for protection of these children. The Act states that

  • Episode 40: From the Ashes

    August 22nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 59 secs
    addictions, from the ashes, jesse thistle

    Jesse Thistle is Cree-Metis on his mother’s side and Scottish and Algonquin on his father’s side. Jesse is a P. E. Trudeau and Vanier Scholar, as well as a Governor General Silver Medalist. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in History and is an Assistant Professor,

  • Episode 39: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    August 20th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  26 mins 22 secs
    post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event - either experiencing it or witnessing it. It can be an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after exposure to an event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. This is not a rare condition. PTSD can affect anyone who has had a traumatic experience and is among the most common mental health problems. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 10 people will suffer from PTSD and the number can be higher among specific groups of workers.

  • Episode 38: Communicating with Youth Experiencing Depression or Suicidality

    August 17th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 18 secs
    communicating with youth experiencing depression or suicidality

    Despite the increasing awareness around mental illness, it continues to be the single most disabling group of disorders. According to the World Health Organization, it affects youth, and specifically teen females, particularly hard. It is estimated that between 10 and 20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness and approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth have experienced a major depressive episode. This indicates that over 3 million teens in Canada today, between the ages of 12 and 19, are at risk of developing depression.

  • Episode 37: Understanding Homelessness

    August 9th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 29 secs
    understanding homelessness

    Housing is one of the most important factors for a healthy life. A good home is important for individuals and for overall population health. There is a growing number of Canadians who are precariously housed or homeless. Changes in the economy and in the housing market are adding to homelessness. The supply of affordable housing has not kept pace with the needs of the population. There has also been a decline in the amount of affordable rental housing in many cities. Combine that with declining incomes and a widespread reduction in social benefits for low-income Canadians, and you get a population that has to spend a greater percentage of its income on housing.

  • Episode 36: First Nations or Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity

    August 1st, 2019  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 47 secs
    aboriginal perspectives, first nations or aboriginal cultural sensitivity, native cultural sensitivity

    As help line call responders, you are asked with every contact, to provide care and sensitivity to the needs and conditions of the caller. That sensitivity involves being open and accepting of the person’s background, values and experiences and being awar