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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 28: Is Gambling really a problem?

    June 15th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 33 secs

    Most Canadian adults gamble—and do so without experiencing problems. Many young people gamble as well. In a 2006 survey of Ontario students aged 15 to 17 years, it was found that one in three youth (35%) reported gambling at least once in the past year.

  • Episode 27: Opiates Addiction and Providing Support - Part 2

    June 6th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 50 secs
    opiates addiction, providing support

    People with drug dependence may be suffering in silence, missing opportunities for treatment and prolonging the process of recovery, as a result of the stigma and prejudice that society clings to regarding those with drug addictions.

  • Episode 26: Opiates Addiction and Harm Reduction Treatment

    June 5th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 46 secs
    opiates addiction and harm reduction treatment

    Opiates refers to a group of drugs that includes heroin. Other opiate drugs include opium, morphine, pethidine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and buprenorphine. Opiates are classed as depressants. They slow down activity in the brain and central nervous s

  • Episode 25: Andrea's Journey

    June 4th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 20 secs
    andrea's journey

    In this episode of the DCO podcast we talk to Andrea about her struggle with addiction.

  • Episode 24: Taking Care of the Heart - Your Resiliency Matters

    May 28th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 15 secs
    taking care of the heart, your resiliency matters

    Our primary task as crisis/distress line call responders first and foremost, is to be supportive and empathetic listeners. This can be immensely rewarding, and the main reason why so many people volunteer for several years. However for some, there can be a personal cost for all that caring. Some might ask, why is it that some people can do shift after shift on crisis/distress lines and others report they feel overwhelmed by some of the callers, or say they need a break as it becomes too much to handle? Why can some people bounce back quickly after taking a particularly difficult call while others might lose sleep at night worrying if they said the right thing or wonder how that person made out? Some people are just able to rebound from almost any adversity and carry on with their lives while for some, it is not so easy. The answer is resilience - our ability to bounce back and adjust to challenges that life sends our way. It is our self-righting mechanism, our ability to restore our equilibrium, when it has

  • Episode 23: How to Talk About Eating Disorders

    May 23rd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 18 secs
    how to talk about eating disorders

    Research indicates that many people are not happy with their appearance. The National Eating Disorder Information Centre estimates that up to 40% of nine year old girls have dieted to lose weight. Television ads and programs inundate us with weight loss and exercise regimes, suggesting that thinner is better. Statistics Canada describes eating disorders as being severely disturbed eating behaviours that typically begin in adolescence or young adulthood. It is reported to affect women ten times more than men. The two most common and disabling eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

  • Episode 22: Concurrent Disorders (Part 2)

    May 16th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  26 mins 24 secs
    concurrent disorders, part 2

    Substance Abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders Report (CCSA, 2010) states that concurrent disorders are a significant health issue in Canada—more than half of those seeking help for an addiction also have a mental illness. These individuals can represent

  • Episode 21: Concurrent Disorders (Part 1)

    May 10th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  27 mins 10 secs
    concurrent disorders, part 1

    Health Canada (2002) defines those who have a concurrent disorder as experiencing a combination of mental/emotional/psychiatric problems along with the abuse of alcohol and/or other psychoactive drugs. Studies have shown that up to 50% of people with subs

  • Episode 20: Addictions – What you Need to Know

    May 3rd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 30 secs
    addictions, what you need to know

    People use alcohol and other drugs for many reasons. Some use these substances to help them to relax, to feel livelier, to feel less inhibited or to feel pleasure. Some find the effects of substances make it seem easier to cope with problems. Some use sub

  • Episode 19: A Professional Approach to Report Writing for Clients

    April 26th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  20 mins
    a professional approach to report writing for clients

    In the presentation by Lynn Brewin, Learning and Development Coordinator for Distress Centres Ontario, you will learn strategies to keep in mind when writing a call report. She will review the difference between subjective and objective writing and how to write without making judgemental statements. Quality report writing reflects your level of professionalism; it is testament of how well you perform as a call responder.

  • Episode 18: Dementia

    April 19th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 38 secs

    Dementia is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that are caused by changes in brain function and that are serious enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia can involve a wide variety of cognitive functions such as memory, language, thinking, judgment, recognition, motor planning, and be associated with mood and behavioural changes.

  • Episode 17: Elder Abuse

    April 12th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 43 secs
    elder abuse

    As Canada’s population ages, the number of citizens over 65 years of age will outnumber the number of citizens under the age of 15 by the year 2015. Statistics Canada indicates that in 2005, persons aged 65+ made up 13% of the population and the predictions for 2031, suggest this age group will represent 23 to 25% of the population. This means that an increasing number of people will be challenged by becoming the caregiver for both their parents and their own family.

  • Episode 16: A Family’s Response to Suicide – The Knapp Family PART 2

    April 5th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 45 secs
    a family’s response to suicide – the knapp family part 2

    In these videos, you will be introduced to three members of the Knapp family. Their loved one, 20 year old Nick ended his life by suicide. In the first vignette Penny Knapp, the young man’s mother, courageously speaks about the initial reactions of hearin

  • Episode 15: A Family’s Response to Suicide – Knapp Family Sisters PART 1

    April 5th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  26 mins 16 secs
    a family’s response to suicide – knapp family sisters part 1

    Marsha and Melanie Knapp are very forthcoming with their emotions about bother Nick`s suicide and how they have tried to move forward to honour his life and advocate for seamless services for other suicide survivors.

  • Episode 14: Living with Mood Disorders and Suicidal Ideation

    March 30th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 16 secs
    living with mood disorders and suicidal ideation

    Mood disorders which include major depression, bipolar disorder and dysthymia can affect individuals of all ages. The Canadian Public Health Agency reports approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives and approximately 1% will experience bipolar disorder.

  • Episode 13: Understanding Abuse in Intimate Relationships - Part 2: The Process of Leaving

    March 22nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 59 secs
    part 2, the process of leaving, understanding abuse in intimate relationships

    Individuals working with women who are in abusive relationships will sometimes ask themselves why she does not leave. By asking the question in this manner, we are essentially blaming the woman which can negatively impact the support we intend to provide,