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.
Intimacy Takes Many Forms - From Simple Touch To Sex
Intimacy is a challenge that most couples face at some point in their relationship. It's not always about sex. It can be lack of touch or emotional connection. But often people struggling with depression, anxiety and many other mental health issues feel numb and unable to connect at any level.
Sensuality coach Kerry Goring has some tips about how to get intimacy back into any relationships.
Life Unscripted's Host Janice Arnoldi Tells Her Story of Bipolar Disorder
I have been honoured to have so many people share their personal stories of mental health and addiction with me on Life Unscripted. Over the past 20 years I've talked openly about my struggles with bipolar 1 disorder. So I was really surprised how nervous I was when I sat on the other side of the mic at 610CKTB to talk to afternoon host Walter Sendzik.
Stigma Rears It's Ugly Head Again
Stigma is still a reality for many people. I've talked to Jennifer Fisk in the past about how she overcame the stigma she felt about her rampant anxiety, both with friends and work colleagues. Jennifer thought she had conquered stigma until she moved to new job and it started all over again. It was her dream job and Jennifer went back to hiding her anxiety because she thought poeple would think she couldn't do the job. It was bad enough that she believed she was in over her head. Now she had to start finding ways to avoid anxious situations...and that just made her more anxious.
We Need to Talk to Our Kids About Suicide
Dying by suicide is the 2nd higest cause of death for kids between the ages of 15 and 19, only slightly behind accidents. Ryan Andres, who works with at risk children at Pathstone Mental Health, says the number of children thinking about suicide has increased at a much higher rate than deaths. He talks about the signs parents and friends should look for.
Photographer Changes the Lens on Body Positivity
Jennifer McCready owns Lady Luck Photography and is a strong advocate for ending stigma for mental illness, as well as body positivity. Jennifer photographs aren't your average portraits. They are unique, colourful and fun and they've helped many women feel positive about themselves and their bodies. Jennifer is now working on a TV series about body positivity. At the same time, she has lived through the worst depression she has experienced.
At the end of the day, Jennifer's message is always positive!
Check out Jennifer's work:
http://www.lady-luck-pinups.com and facebook.com/ladyluckphotographystudio
Never Mind School Suplies
Pathstone Mental Health’s Back-to-School Prep Tips equips students with the tools they need for a successful year.
The start of a new school year can be extra tough for kids and with Canadian statistics stating that 1 in every 5 children (expected to increase to 1 in every 4) will experience a mental health struggle as a result of the pressures caused by the pandemic, the need for mental health support with children, youth and families has never been greater.
To help parents measure their readiness in identifying and supporting their child’s mental health struggles this school year, Pathstone Mental Health has put together a short quiz as well as a school prep kit full of tips to try to help with the transition to the school year ahead.
Test your knowledge of children's mental health.
Back-to-School Prep Tips