The Trauma & Mental Health Report is an online magazine published out of York University, in Toronto. We aim to share stories and knowledge on topics related to trauma and mental health with the community.
Raising Awareness and Support for Youth Mental Health.
Mental Health challenges are at an alltime high right now with people still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and the risk of a recession due to the economic crisis as a result from the pandemic. With this comes the need for more available and affordable mental health services and resources. In this interview we speak with mental health advocate for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Judy Brunton, for her perspective. In this episode we discuss various challenges, resources, and support for mental health. Judy shares her own story with how she got started, what work she has done, and how events such as the pandemic have impacted mental health supports in general. She also highlights the significant need for mental health stigma to be addressed and for more affordable mental health services. With the economy struggling to recover from the pandemic, the need for mental health supports and fundraisers for affordable programs is needed now more than ever.
Check out Judy’s Youth Mental Health Fundraiser for CMHA, as well as her Fundraiser Facebook Page.
Unlocking Potential by Combining Performance Art and Psychotherapy
In today’s episode, Trauma report writer Emma Puric speaks with Elma Linz Kanefield, a renowned performer, psychotherapist and life-coach who founded The Juilliard School’s Counseling Service in 1986. Elma has over thirty five years of experience in counselling dancers, actors, musicians, and more. In her book Hamlet’s Mirror, Elma explores the challenges and promises of performance culture, as well as four performing personality types she has identified through her work.
Trauma Recovery is not One Size Fits All: Interview with Babette Rothschild and Vanessa Bear
On this episode Trauma and Mental Health writer Jasleen Ghuman talks with Babette Rothschild and Vanessa Bear, to discuss the topic of trauma and recovery and their new workbook “8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery”. We talk about the resources that are available for recovery, the importance of recovery and creating individualized recovery plans for trauma survivors.
E40: Unpacking Medical Assistance in Death (MAiD) for Mental Illness in Canada
Debates continue to be had regarding MAiD for mental illness in Canada, however, most of the information is not easily accessible. As conversations continue to be had regarding this topic, it’s important understand how MAiD for mental illness impacts people and our society and our local community. In this episode, Trauma and Mental Health Report writer Abigail Ramos speaks with Sherry Moran, a retired lawyer and federal government executive who has served on a number of charitable and non-profit boards of directors over the past 25 years, including that of Dying with Dignity Canada. Moran is an active voice within the national mental illness advisory group in addition to her role at Dying with Dignity Ottawa Chapter's advocacy committee. The conversation focuses on an overview of what MAiD for mental illness is, the good it can provide, possible drawbacks, and shedding some light on key issues that have been discussed regarding MAiD for mental illness.
E39: Embracing Aging in an Anti-Aging Culture
In today’s episode, Trauma report writer Emma Puric speaks with psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, writer, and social critic Dr. Susie Orbach. Dr. Orbach joins us to discuss how feminist theory and psychoanalysis informed her thinking about women’s body-image, the internalization of unrealistic beauty standards via mass marketing, the impossible message behind anti-aging campaigns, and how women can come together to create a visual culture which appreciates and reflects the diverse nature of beauty and bodies.
E38: The Latest on Psilocybin for Addiction Treatment
The recent surge of psychedelic research has sparked a growing interest in psychedelic-assisted therapy using psilocybin to treat various mental health conditions including addiction. In this episode, Trauma Report writer Michelle Kim discusses this approach in detail with Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at the Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research. Dr. Garcia-Romeu works in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and is also a Guest Researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Neuroimaging. Tune into our podcast to learn more about the therapeutic potential of psilocybin for addiction treatment.