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"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

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    • 4.6 • 5 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.

    Schizophrenia: Nature vs. Nuture

    Schizophrenia: Nature vs. Nuture

    Researchers have estimated that about 80 percent of the risk for developing Schizophrenia is hereditary and yet that doesn't mean people with that genetic component in their family history will actually develop the disorder. Sometimes Schizophrenia risk increases through a random mutation that is not passed from parent to child. In this episode, we'll be looking at the role genetics plays in the development and onset of Schizophrenia. Is it all about your genes? Or are there other potential risks that can trigger it? To help answer some of these questions we'll be talking to two people — Dr. Robert Stowe, a behavioural neurologist in the UBC Neuropsychiatry Program and a member of the Genetic Testing Task Force of the International Society for Psychiatry Genetics; and Courtney Cook, who works as a genetics counsellor on UBC's MAGERS project.

    Resources for show notes:

    Dr. Robert Stowe:

    https://www.centreforbrainhealth.ca/stowe-robert

    https://www.bcchr.ca/bstowe

    https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/person/robert-stowe/

    https://www.vchri.ca/researchers/robert-stowe

    Metabolic and Genetic Explorations in Refractory Schizophrenia (MAGERS) Project (2021)

    https://med-fom-psychiatry.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2021/05/Stowe-Metabolic-and-Genetic-Explorations-in-Refractory-Schizophrenia-Project.pdf

    Genetic Counselling at Adapt Clinic

    http://www.bcmhsus.ca/our-services/genetic-counselling-(the-adapt-clinic)

    GenCOUNSEL: Genetic Counsellors and Geneticists

    https://www.bcchr.ca/GenCOUNSEL/our-team/genetic-counsellors-and-geneticists

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    • 24 min
    Hidden In Plain Sight

    Hidden In Plain Sight

    Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the symptoms of schizophrenia. In particular, the cognitive losses that can be associated with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Anosognosia is a medical term meaning 'to not know a disease.' This occurs for people with brain injuries as well as mental illness, and means someone is literally unaware of their own mental health condition or they can't see it accurately. This lack of insight is not a rejection of a diagnosis or denial because they don’t want to face the facts, but an honest inability to consciously to see and understand that their behaviours and experiences are indicators of something wrong.

    While it's a common symptom, it's also one of the more difficult aspects to understand for those who have never experienced it. What causes anosognosia? How do people put their hands up and ask for help if they can't see it? What are the cognitive losses associated with schizophrenia and what can people do about them? These are some of the questions we'll be tackling on this episode with Dr. Mahesh Menon, a clinical psychologist with Vancouver Coastal Health, and based at the BC Psychosis Program and the Mood Disorders Program at UBC Hospital.

    Additional Resources
    Mahesh MenonBio (https://psychiatry.ubc.ca/person/mahesh-menon/)
    Anosognosia(https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Common-with-Mental-Illness/Anosognosia)
    Eliminating Barriers to the Treatment of Mental Illness (https://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/key-issues/anosognosia)
    Lack of Insight Into One's Mental Illness or Anosognosia (https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/recovery-road/202108/lack-insight-ones-mental-illness-or-anosognosia)
    Cognitive Remediation Programs in BC(https://www.bcss.org/bringing-cognitive-remediation-to-british-columbia/)
    “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” – book by Dr. Xavier Amador(https://www.amazon.ca/Not-Sick-Dont-Need-Help-dp-0985206705/dp/0985206705)
    “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” – TedTalk by Dr. Xavier Amador(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXxytf6kfPM)
    Cognitive Losses in Schizophrenia (https://livingwithschizophreniauk.org/cognitive-symptoms-schizophrenia/)

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    • 26 min
    It Could Be Me...

    It Could Be Me...

    Mental illness touches everyone's lives, whether we want to admit it or not. And yet, mental illnesses like schizophrenia are rarely discussed publicly. That lack of conversation is what our guest is hoping to change. Meet Michelle Hammer, a mental health advocate, entrepreneur and graphic designer. She challenges the idea that schizophrenia should be hidden and hush-hush with bold eye-catching designs. Michelle shares her personal journey around mental illness, what it looks like to let everyone know you have schizophrenia and how she started her Schizophrenic.NYC to start conversations about mental illnesses. No topic is off-limits for this native New Yorker.

    Schizophrenic.NYC:https://www.schizophrenic.nyc

    Instagram: @schizophrenic.nyc

    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR5_ez7c5rhC6mIpcs6tAWg

    Twitter: @SchizophrenicNY

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    MORE on the important distinction between identity-first vs. person-first language

    Language Matters: Mental Health Commission of Canada (2020)

    https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/wp-content/uploads/drupal/2020-08/language_matters_cheat_sheet_eng.pdf

    Saying ‘person with schizophrenia,’ not ‘schizophrenic,’ can affect clinician beliefs, study finds

    https://www.statnews.com/2021/09/22/person-first-language-schizophrenia-study/

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    • 22 min
    Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined Season 2 Trailer

    Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined Season 2 Trailer

    Brought to you by the BC Schizophrenia Society and supporting BC Partner organizations, "Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined” returns for a second season this fall beginning October 27. This time the podcast goes deeper with the subjects we tackle, the guests we talk to and the research we dive into — we're pushing you to really look at what it's like to live with mental illness.

    Host Faydra Aldridge, CEO of BCSS, will speak with medical experts, family members, and people with lived experiences of mental illness. Not only will there be focus on the personal, but the clinical and the cutting-edge research. It's real conversations with real people — breaking down stereotypes on how mental illness is viewed, researched, and treated.

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    • 1 min
    Schizophrenia: One Woman's Journey

    Schizophrenia: One Woman's Journey

    It's not easy to live with a serious mental illness, like schizophrenia, and the future sometimes seems daunting and hopeless. But many people living with serious mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, are able to lead full and rewarding lives. It may not be what one imagined, but then life never is. In this episode, host Faydra Aldridge speaks with Erin Emiru, a scientist and young mother who has Schizophrenia, about what’s it like to live with this disorder that may be “incurable” -- but definitely treatable. There are many journeys through mental illness, and there is so much cause for hope. Today on Look Again -- hope is what it’s all about. 
    Erin Hawkes Emiru Bio
    When Quietness Came, a Neuroscientist's Personal Journey with Schizophrenia
    When Neurons Tell Stories A Layman's Guide to the Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Health
    Courage to Come Back Awards - List of 2019 Award Recipients

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    • 19 min
    Mental Illness and Police: A Hopeful Story

    Mental Illness and Police: A Hopeful Story

    Serious question: Why is it that when people show signs of serious mental illness or psychosis -- calling the police for help is often viewed as a "last resort" by families and loved ones? Historically, when law enforcement and mental illness intersect, the results have been patchy. But Sgt. Cara Thomson of Surrey RCMP's Police Mental Health Outreach team wants to change that. Her unit handles police-related mental health and addiction calls for service and staffs the Car 67 program, where a registered Psychiatric Nurse rides with a police officer, attending mental health calls.  Sgt. Thomson joins host Faydra Aldridge for a candid conversation about mental health, violence, and law enforcement. 


    Additional Resources
    Combining Police with Nurses for Mental Health Calls Isn't BC's First Came in 1978 
    Breaking the Cycle of Crisis: The role of police in crisis intervention (Visions Journal, 2017, Vol 12(4))
    Building Connections with Police Mental Health Resources

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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

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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