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Life Unscripted has one goal - to break down stigma by sharing the inspiring stories of people living with mental illness and addiction. Shame and fear often stop people who really need help from reaching out. COVID 19 has created a mental health and addiction pandemic. For many, anxiety is now part everyday life. Alcohol and drug use has increased as people try to cope. Host Janice Arnoldi has lived with bi-polar (manic depression) disorder for more than 30 years. She has a half hour radio show and speaks regulary to groups about mental illness. 

Life Unscripted - Stories of Mental Health and Addiction Janice Arnoldi

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Life Unscripted has one goal - to break down stigma by sharing the inspiring stories of people living with mental illness and addiction. Shame and fear often stop people who really need help from reaching out. COVID 19 has created a mental health and addiction pandemic. For many, anxiety is now part everyday life. Alcohol and drug use has increased as people try to cope. Host Janice Arnoldi has lived with bi-polar (manic depression) disorder for more than 30 years. She has a half hour radio show and speaks regulary to groups about mental illness. 

    Getting Kids Back to Nature

    Getting Kids Back to Nature

    We’ve reached the stage where people are starting to acknowledge cell phone addiction is real. The issue is critical to childrens mental health and their ability to learn. It also means our kids are not getting outside, playing in the dirt and rolling in the grass. Bienenstock playgrounds builds play areas using natural elements like trees, rocks and earth that connect kids to nature. https://bienstockplaygounds.com

    • 24 min
    Help Kids Put Down Their Cell Phones

    Help Kids Put Down Their Cell Phones

    The Ontario government has announced a new policy banning the use of cell phones in classrooms. The question is what will this new policy achieve? Erin Clayton, who is the Director of Quality Assurance, Research and Planning at Pathstone Mental Health, talks about the policy and the mental health impact on children of constant cell phone use. Pathstone has programs to help parents and their kids put their phone down. https://pathstonementalhealth.ca.

    • 24 min
    Niagara's Homelessness Plan Gets Ontario Wide Recognition

    Niagara's Homelessness Plan Gets Ontario Wide Recognition

    Niagara Regional housing has put together a 10 poinr plan to reduce homelessness and, importantly, provide some space and programs for people living rough. A temporary 24-hour a temporary shelter has opended where people have their own room, 3 meals a day and a large recreational area.The recommendations came from a committee that included people with lived experience with homelessness and/or substance use. Marni Katzman is on the show to talk about the plan and the interest from ...

    • 24 min
    Homeless - It Could Happen to Anyone

    Homeless - It Could Happen to Anyone

    When people see someone who is homeless they probably think it could never happen to them. But at some point in time a person living rough and in a shelter did have a home. They may have had a family, friends and a good job. There are so many reasons why people end up living rough – job loss, mental health, trauma or substance use. In Marni Katzman’s case, she was addicted to alcohol, and despite a few stints in rehab she wasn’t able to stop drinking vodka. Finally, her family had to make the...

    • 23 min
    How to Use Mental Health Skills to Cope with Pain

    How to Use Mental Health Skills to Cope with Pain

    Darcy Patrick is a Mental Health advocate, speaker, coach and author of 5 books about his journey from severe depression to wellness. Two years ago he ended up in hospital in excruciating back pain. Doctors still haven’t figured out what caused the serious erosion in two discs in his back and he still lives with debilitating pain. I met Darcy almost 10 years ago and he is one of the most determined people I know so I asked him to share how he’s using his mental health skills ...

    • 24 min
    Schizophrenia – The Most Stigmatized and Misunderstood Mental Illness

    Schizophrenia – The Most Stigmatized and Misunderstood Mental Illness

    Schizophrenia is the least understood and the most stigmatized any mental illness. Imagine how scary it can be for the person living with schizophrenia when every minute of the day voices in their head talking to them. When we hear someone yelling on the street, they're yelling at their voices. Signs and symptoms may vary, but usually involve delusions, hallucinations or disorganized speech, and reflect an impaired ability to function in daily routines.The stigma of is so strong that ma...

    • 23 min

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