The Trauma & Mental Health Report Podcast
E29: Mental Health First Aid Training in BIPOC Communities

E29: Mental Health First Aid Training in BIPOC Communities

May 24, 2022

In this episode, Trauma Report writer Daniel Sanchez Morales speaks with Amanda Coombs, clinical psychologist and instructor of the First Aid for Mental Health training at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. As a Black single mother, Amanda provides an overview of the training and how she has been able to support BIPOC folks in acquiring skills to respond to mental health crises. Coombs touches on the importance of taking into account folks’ backgrounds when sharing this knowledge, as well as how the program encourages sentiments of unity and trust in her community.

 

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E28: Inside the Mental Health Courts with Richard D. Schneider (Part 2)

E28: Inside the Mental Health Courts with Richard D. Schneider (Part 2)

May 9, 2022

In our second installment of our two-part interview, Trauma Report writer Samantha Mason talks with the Honourable Mr. Justice Richard D. Schneider, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M., C.Psych. to discuss the process of decriminalizing the mentally ill and how we can move forward using what we have learned in the mental health courts to provide those who are accused with a more supportive justice system. 

Listen to Part 1 of our interview here.

E27: Combating Mental Health Misinformation on Social Media

E27: Combating Mental Health Misinformation on Social Media

April 25, 2022

There is growing concern regarding the dissemination of misinformation online. Many believe that the driving force behind this “infodemic” are social media platforms, which are rife with anti-science sentiment and misleading information. The health sciences have become a particular target for this misinformation, psychology and mental health included. Thankfully, there is a growing group of people, professional and otherwise, who dedicate their time and effort to combat the deceptions and misunderstandings. One of these people is YouTuber and therapist/social worker Mickey Atkins. Trauma Report writer Hannah Mugford sat down with Mickey to discuss the general topic of psychology and mental health misinformation, along with her experience confronting it through her online presence.

E26: Inside the Mental Health Courts with Richard D. Schneider (Part 1)

E26: Inside the Mental Health Courts with Richard D. Schneider (Part 1)

April 11, 2022

In this episode, Trauma Report writer Samantha Mason sits down with the Honourable Mr. Justice Richard D. Schneider, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M., C.Psych. They discuss the innovation of the Mental Health Courts of Toronto, Canada., Schneider’s book "Death of a Butterfly", and explore some memorable cases that appeared before him.

E25: Alternatives to Police in Crisis Response - Denver STAR

E25: Alternatives to Police in Crisis Response - Denver STAR

March 28, 2022

Trauma Report writer Sharon Bae speaks with Carleigh Sailon, program manager of the Criminal Justice Services at the Mental Health Centre of Denver, who helped develop the Denver Support Team Assisted Response (STAR). The Denver STAR is an alternative to 911 calls that removes police presence entirely, meeting the demand to change, reduce, or remove the role of law enforcement in responding to emergencies in the community, especially when mental health is involved.

E24: Recovering from an Eating Disorder with Lindsey Hall

E24: Recovering from an Eating Disorder with Lindsey Hall

March 14, 2022

In this episode, Trauma Report writer Alyssa Reddi speaks with Lindsey Hall, an eating disorder advocate and award-winning blogger. Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, Lindsay uses her experience to write about the realities of treatment and recovery. Tune in to hear her story and how she uses her online platforms to inform and encourage others in their own recovery journey.

E23: Spiritual Emergency - Madness or Transcendence?

E23: Spiritual Emergency - Madness or Transcendence?

February 28, 2022

Trauma Report writer Lotus Huyen Vu speaks to David Lukoff, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA and a licensed psychologist in California. He has been an active researcher and proponent of spiritual competency in the field of psychology and authored 80 articles and chapters on spiritual issues and mental health, co-authored the DSM-IV category Religious or Spiritual Problem, and has been an active workshop presenter internationally on spiritual competency, loss and grief, death and illness, spiritual problems and emergencies. He has been actively involved with the mental health consumer movement for 30 years.

E22: Exploring Mental Health Experiences of Abortion

E22: Exploring Mental Health Experiences of Abortion

January 31, 2022

Control over one’s reproductive destiny continues to be under attack. Most recently, Texas’ new legislation has further restricted access to abortion care. In this episode, Trauma Report writer Chiara Gianvito speaks with Ashley Brodeur, a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) who has also been trained as an abortion doula. Their conversation centers around supporting the mental health of individuals accessing abortion services as factors such as stigma can make the process more difficult.

Links to resources mentioned in the episode:
DOPO
SisterSong
IPAS Abortion Stigma Toolkit
Choice Connect
Birthmark
Abortion Support Resources Compiled by Birthmark
Planned Parenthood
Connect & Breathe
Abortion, With Love Podcast

E21: Listening to Boredom

E21: Listening to Boredom

December 27, 2021

Feeling bored can be uncomfortable, often something we prefer to avoid. However, boredom, like any other feeling, has a message for us if we listen carefully. In this episode, Trauma Report writer Azin Dastpak interviews Dr. John Eastwood about boredom. Dr. John Eastwood is a clinical psychologist and associate professor and runs the Boredom Lab at York University. He recently published a book titled “Out of My Skull” about the psychology of boredom. Tune in and listen to Dr. Eastwood as he unravels the cause of boredom and the important messages it communicates to us about our inner and outer environments.

E20: How to be an Ally for Transgender Individuals

E20: How to be an Ally for Transgender Individuals

November 28, 2021

Jennifer Thomson is a registered psychotherapist who specializes working with the LGBTQ+ community. In today’s episode Llewellyn and Jennifer discuss how to be an ally for transgender individuals in your everyday life and why it is important. Tune into this week’s podcast to hear about how you can help normalize the experiences of these marginalized communities. For resources mentioned in the podcast, you can click here to access them.

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