36 episodes

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.

    She Watched Her Dad Die of COVID 19 - A Nurse's Plea

    She Watched Her Dad Die of COVID 19 - A Nurse's Plea

    Day in and day out Nurse Eram Chhogala, who is a trauma and ER nurse in Toronto, treats people with COVID 19 who come into the emergency struggling to breathe. Too many times she has moved patients to intensive care where they are often put on life support and in some cases die. Then Eram experienced an unimaginable personal tragedy when her dad came into emergency at the hospital where she worked having difficulty breathing.  It's impossible to imagine the anguish Eram felt as she watched her dad move to ICU where he died.  Eram has nursed so many people who have not been vaccinated.  Please listen to her empassioned appeal for people to get vaccinated as she puts it "for the sake of human kind." 

    • 24 min
    Horses are Amazing Therapy for Your Mental Health

    Horses are Amazing Therapy for Your Mental Health

    Anyone who knows me knows that I love horses.  I believe everyone who is living with a mental health issues or addiction should own or have access to a pet.  It helps with lonliness and also means being responsible for another living being.  Not everyone can own a horse but some therapists are adding Equine therapy to their traditional in- office approach. Firefighter Rob Leathen, who I've interviewed in the past about his post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), says working with horses and donkeys has been an immense help in his journey to wellness.

    • 24 min
    Depression, Anxiety, Isolation and Optimism Gets Worse and Worse

    Depression, Anxiety, Isolation and Optimism Gets Worse and Worse

    Canadians are feeling more depressed, increased anxiety and feelings of isolation. It's hard to feel optimistic, especially now that we're in the midst of the Omicron varient, throwing everything up in the air again.

    The international HR firm Life Works has been tracking Canadian's mental health since the beginning of the pandemic and it releases a monthly Mental Health Index.  Paula Allen is Senior Vice President of  Research and Total Wellness and says this latest report looked at job responsibilities and work relationships and found managers are having a harder time coping and many feel they're in crisis.  Interestingly, there's a growing distrust developing in working relationships among peers. 

    • 24 min
    2021-No Surpise There's Even More Opioid Overdoses and Deaths

    2021-No Surpise There's Even More Opioid Overdoses and Deaths

    When we look at opioid overdoses we tend to focus on the number of deaths, most often the result of fentanyl in the drug. There is no doubt that these tragic deaths are increasing. But there are many more people who are taken to hospital emergency rooms or treated where they are. Marty Mako from Niagara Emergency Medical Services talks about everything from medical intervention to noloxone to available services and how to access them.

    • 23 min
    Watching A Loved One Disappear From Alzheimer's Disease

    Watching A Loved One Disappear From Alzheimer's Disease

    A half a million people in Canada live with some form of dementia. One in five Canadians have some experience caring for their loved one. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's Disease.  It steals the memories of the person living with it until they don't even recognize their family. Families watch as their loved one disappears. Cassandra Best helps care for her mom who is living with Alzheimer's.  She also works at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.

    • 23 min
    Get Your Plaid On and Support Children's Mental Health

    Get Your Plaid On and Support Children's Mental Health

    #ProjectPlaid launched in 2019 after the tragic loss of Amelia Durocher to suicide. Amelia loved to wear plaid and taking quick action with a resolve to not let this happen to other kids and families, her mom Shanta created #ProjectPlaid. It not only helped her cope, it quickly became a connection for those who were struggling and it’s now a mental health movement. November is plaid month and Shanta's goal is to elevate awareness of suicide prevention and to help kids talk to their friends about their mental health. Project Plaid is also hopes to raise $30,000 for youth mental health programs at Pathstone Mental Health in Niagara.
    If are thinking about suicide or are a parent you can call the Pathstone crisis services line 1-800-263-4944 – 24/7.
    Youth can also get immediate support by calling or texting the  Kids Help Phone.

    • 25 min

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