24 episodes

"Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined” is a groundbreaking new podcast brought to you by the BC Schizophrenia Society and supporting partners. The podcast brings forward the humanity of mental illness while dispelling the myths by sharing the voices of medical experts, family members, and people with lived experience with mental illness.

Host Faydra Aldridge, CEO of BCSS, speaks with medical experts, families, and people with lived experience of mental illness to dispel myths and get to the truth. Be prepared for frank conversations, up-to-date medical information, immersive sound design, and stories of hope and resilience. This podcast is for anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness. In other words, it’s for everyone.

Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined BC Schizophrenia Society

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

"Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined” is a groundbreaking new podcast brought to you by the BC Schizophrenia Society and supporting partners. The podcast brings forward the humanity of mental illness while dispelling the myths by sharing the voices of medical experts, family members, and people with lived experience with mental illness.

Host Faydra Aldridge, CEO of BCSS, speaks with medical experts, families, and people with lived experience of mental illness to dispel myths and get to the truth. Be prepared for frank conversations, up-to-date medical information, immersive sound design, and stories of hope and resilience. This podcast is for anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness. In other words, it’s for everyone.

    Leading with Compassion: A Brother Fighting Stigma

    Leading with Compassion: A Brother Fighting Stigma

    It’s not easy to talk about the effect schizophrenia can have on one’s family members, especially a sibling. It can have a significant emotional, psychological, and physical impact on loved ones, as they balance their love for their family member and the sharme around this disease. In this episode, we have a very honest, frank, and vulnerable conversation with Yusuf Faqiri about his brother Soleiman who lived with schizophrenia until 2016, when he died in an Ontario jail. Yusuf shares his own journey coming to terms with his brother's schizophrenia, the important role his mother played in their family, and how leading with compassion can show us that people are more than their illness.Resources:Family Support Groups- BC Schizophrenia SocietySibling Support Group - BC Schizophrenia SocietyYusuf Faqiri - TwitterYusuf Faqiri Op-ed - The Globe and MailFamily Toolkit - HeretoHelpThe Story of a Family Forever ChangedA Brother's View - Rethink Mental Illness
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    • 27 min
    Me & My Three Mothers: Life with Schizophrenia

    Me & My Three Mothers: Life with Schizophrenia

    If you’re the child of a parent who lives with mental illness, you can be faced with a lot of tough challenges. You may feel overwhelmed, sad, scared or even angry. You may resent your parent for not being like the other parents. Or you could also wind up as a caregiver and try to fix everything. In her lifetime, Dr. Grace Cho, author of her memoir Tastes Like War, says she has had three mothers. The mother of her childhood, before schizophrenia. The mother of her adolescence, a woman who is visibly deteriorating mentally. And the mother now, a woman trapped by schizophrenia and the voices and delusions that it brings. In this episode, Dr. Cho reflects on her journey from teenager to adulthood and how her mother’s schizophrenia shaped the direction of her life and her work. She talks about the social factors that left her mother feeling vulnerable and the stigma that prevented her from getting treatment. And how she found a way to build a loving relationship and connect with her mother.Resources:Grace Cho's Book: Tastes Like WarKIC Children's BookletKelty Mental Health Resource CentreSupporting Children of Parents with Mental Illness in the Classroom (Heretohelp)
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    • 28 min
    Break from Reality: Psychosis + Violence

    Break from Reality: Psychosis + Violence

    While there's no way to predict whether a person with a mental illness will become violent, there's still a common understanding that those diagnosed with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, are unpredictably aggressive. This can be seen in how people living with mental illness, substance use, and violence are portrayed through the news, TV, or movies. But these misconceptions can fuel the stigma towards people living with severe and persistent mental illness. How do we address the role that violence plays in the lives of people living with a mental illness and everybody else around them? In this episode, we speak with Dr. Rakesh Lamba, who is the medical director with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and someone with a wealth of experience conducting risk assessments with Correctional Services Canada and the Parole Board of Canada.Resources:

    Schizophrenia - Warning Signs of VoilenceDr. Rakesh Lamba’s bioPHSA Forensic Psychiatric Services 
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    • 23 min
    Behind Getting Committed

    Behind Getting Committed

    It is not an easy decision to call the police or an ambulance to take a loved one to a psychiatric facility - all in the hopes that they get the treatment they need and deserve. But sometimes people with an untreated mental illness lose insight into the fact they are ill and will not accept voluntary treatment, even when their illness may be causing harm to themselves or others. The BC Mental Health Act allows people experiencing a serious mental health crisis to get help through involuntary treatment. But what's the impact of that decision on a family member? And what happens to someone once they are admitted to a psychiatric facility? In this episode, you'll meet Vanessa Nelson. Vanessa’s daughter, Mira, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 18 and is now 22. In these few years, Mira has been involuntarily detained under the BC Mental Health Act many times. This is Vanessa's journey through the twists and turns of her daughter's mental illness and the role involuntary treatment has played in keeping her daughter alive.Resources:BC Mental Health Act in Plain LanguageWhat does it mean to be certified - Here2helpDemystifying the Mental Health Act - Webinar by BCMHSUS
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    • 22 min
    Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined Season 3 Trailer

    Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined Season 3 Trailer

    In its third season "Look Again: Mental Illness Re-examined" wades into some controversial territory. Launching Oct. 12th, join us every two weeks as we dive into some hot topics -- involuntary treatment, the consequences of refusing medication, how race and gender impacts diagnosis and treatment, just to name a few. Host Faydra Aldridge, CEO of the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS), challenges you to "look again" and reconsider your beliefs, perceptions and understanding of serious mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia. Expect candid conversations with people living with mental illness and leading experts about the harmful stigma that is still attached to mental illness. No topic is off-limits this season. This podcast is for anyone who wants to keep these discussions alive, and shining a light on how we are all touched by the effects of mental illness—whether we know it or not.
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    • 1 min
    Schizophrenia: People & Perceptions

    Schizophrenia: People & Perceptions

    Most people have seen movies or TV shows that have used schizophrenia as part of their story. But how often do we stop to think about what those representations actually mean or look like? Do they portray the experience of people living with schizophrenia accurately? As studies have shown, schizophrenia is one of the conditions that the general public views most negatively and generates a lot of stigma. Societal stigma is one aspect, but for those living with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, there's an additional challenge of managing their own internalized stigma when it comes to being diagnosed with schizophrenia. However, there are people living with schizophrenia who are trying to change that. One of those people is Adria Roberts, who works as a mental health peer support worker. It's a job she says gave her hope and helped her regain her life after her diagnosis. In this episode, she shares how she came to terms with her diagnosis.Resources:


    Lost in Reality: Hearing Voices - Adria Roberts' TEDxChilliwack Talk
    Read: Into the Eye of the Storm - The Chilliwack Times (pp: 1, 23)
    Follow Adria on Twitter: @adria_the
    Watch Adria on CBC's 'You Can’t Ask That' – S2E4: Schizophrenia
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Bible lover1 ,

Relatable

This my sons story. His father and I have been in denial. Now I see our son has a sickness. I am a mental health professional and I can relate like this mom. Thank you

VarleyJ ,

Excellent!!

I love this podcast! The topics discussed here are important and highly relevant. Faydra Aldridge conducts well structured interviews and asks great questions to experts in their respective fields who share her passion for mental health; I also appreciate the input from caregivers.
Writing this review in October 2021 and it’s been a few months since the last published podcast. Hoping it has not been discontinued!

Memsmarcie ,

Painfully Scripted

Needed discussion about an important topic. But the editing is painfully apparent and the interviews are so scripted it's distracting.

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