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Radio Totally Normal Toronto (RTNT) is a new monthly podcast produced by Progress Place, a mental health recovery centre. RTNT is excited to explore and showcase stories and new initiatives from Toronto's diverse mental health community.

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Radio Totally Normal Toronto (RTNT) is a new monthly podcast produced by Progress Place, a mental health recovery centre. RTNT is excited to explore and showcase stories and new initiatives from Toronto's diverse mental health community.

    RTNT Episode 33 - In Conversation with Steven and Criss about the Clubhouse Model for WMHD

    RTNT Episode 33 - In Conversation with Steven and Criss about the Clubhouse Model for WMHD

    Happy World Mental Health Day from all of the members, staff and directors of Progress Place!

    This year's theme for WMHD is all about investing in mental health and access to care. So we decided to produce a very special episode of our podcast, Radio Totally Normal Toronto, that takes a deep and engaging look at the Clubhouse Model, which is, of course, the model that we follow at Progress Place.

    Join RTNTers Mark, Mairon, Richard and Andrew as they are joined in conversation with Steven, a longtime member of Progress Place, and Criss, Progress Place's Executive Director as they discuss the Clubhouse Model, it's amazing impact on the lives of people living with mental illness and why it's so important to invest in programs like it - especially in times like these.

    Enjoy, stay safe and happy World Mental Health Day!

    • 44 min
    RTNT Episode 32 LIVE on CJRU: #SickNotWeak an interview with Michael Landsberg

    RTNT Episode 32 LIVE on CJRU: #SickNotWeak an interview with Michael Landsberg

    Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, is a voice for community mental health; produced by the members and staff of Progress Place, a mental wellness clubhouse in downtown Toronto.  Episode 32 was hosted by Janice on CJRU 1280AM, Wednesday, August 12, 2020. This month we're talking about Mental Health and Sports. We had an opportunity to interview Michael Landsberg after an event hosted by Progress Place Clubhouse and the Rotary Club Toronto. The first part of the show features this interview and afterwards we will listen to a recorded table discussion about mental health and sports with members and staff from Progress Place.

    Michael Landsberg is a well known Sports Journalist and the current host of TSN s: “First Up with Landsberg and Colaiacovo”.  In 2012, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Health named Landsberg one of its Champions of Mental Health.  Landsbergs' documentary, “Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me”, earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination in 2013.  For his longstanding dedication to promoting mental health awareness, Landsberg was honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.

    In 2017, he was awarded a Meritous Service Medal, (Civil Division), for his mental health advocacy, presented by the Governor General of Canada, at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall.  Michael created the hashtag #sicknotweak and has transformed that into the website sicknotweak.com  The website provides a forum for people to share their struggles with mental illness. On the website you can read stories written by people who suffer from the many forms of mental illness.  Also you can watch the daily “Landsblog”, in which Michael shares his thoughts and stories.

    Michael's objectives on the website are: To help people understand that mental illness is a sickness, not a weakness.  To create a community of people who come to gain strength and stay to give strength.  To help both sufferers and the people who care about them.  Get as many people as possible, in a loud, firm, confident voice to share the words “I am SickNotWeak”  To see the Toronto Maple Leafs win a Stanley Cup in my lifetime  Michael also states: “ I am unconventional. I am not limited like other initiatives by corporate correctness or medical agendas. I believe that the traditional way - whispered, clinical, formal and the sanitized, adds to the shame and reinforces the belief that people are weak, not sick.”  SickNotWeak can also be found on Twitter and Facebook. There is also a SickNotWeak channel on Youtube. On his channel, check out the clip “What is SickNotWeak”, it is hilarious and informative.

    Progress Place Warm Line have extended their hours to offer support to anyone feeling isolated or needing a friendly chat during these times.

    Between 12pm - 8pm, Call 416-323-3721

    Between 8pm - Midnight, Call 416-960-WARM (9276)

    Text 647-557-5882

    You can also chat online on warmline.ca

    Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to keep the RTNT production going through these times.  Thank you to our listeners, and we want to let you know that you are not alone. During these uncertain times, stay connected with a community that supports you can help us go through the worry and overwhelming news.  We are here for you.  To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website radiototallynormaltoronto.org.  Also, the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast and many more if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    • 32 min
    RTNT Episode 31 LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health, Community, and Coping

    RTNT Episode 31 LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health, Community, and Coping

    Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, is a voice for community mental health; produced by the members and staff of Progress Place, a mental wellness clubhouse in downtown Toronto.

    Episode 31 was hosted on July 8th, 2020. This month we sat down with Norma and Linda from the St. James Town Seniors Program at the Community Corner. 

    The second part of the show features VOXPOPs that we had produced over Zoom! We asked several questions surrounding how members and staff have been coping with changes during the COVID19 pandemic.

    The episode was recorded using an online platform and all the participants were in their own homes to comply with the social distancing recommendation.

    St. James Town is the largest highrise community in Canada and is also the most densely populated area in Canada. It is a multi cultural, multi ethnic and multi linguistic neighbourhood.

    In May 2011, the St. James Town Community Corner at 200 Wellesley opened doors.

    The Corner is a fully accessible set of offices, meeting spaces, program rooms and community kitchen dedicated to local initiatives and services to benefit the neighbourhood.

    The Corner is part of The St. James Town Service Providers’ Network (SJTSPN)   It consists of service providers and community members who work collaboratively to support the St. James Town Community. One of the subcommittees of the SPN is the Older Adult Consortium of St. James Town that comprises of representatives from service providers, local senior group leaders and residents that work together, to identify and support older adults living in the community.

    The Senior Mental Health Day Program is run in collaboration with  Dixon Hall,  Hospice Toronto, Toronto Public Health and The  Corner that provides us the space for the program. Progress Place is the lead of the program. The program is located at 200 Wellesley Street E, in a safe, cheerful and friendly environment. The program operates right in the heart of the community where members/participants live. The program currently runs three days of the week from Tuesdays to Thursdays, is attended by seniors 55+ that are exceptionally vulnerable, isolated and without much social connections.

    Progress Place Warm Line have extended their hours to offer support to anyone feeling isolated or needing a friendly chat during these times.

    Between 12pm - 8pm, Call 416-323-3721

    Between 8pm - Midnight, Call 416-960-WARM (9276)

    Text 647-557-5882

    You can also chat online on warmline.ca

    Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to keep the RTNT production going through these times.

    Thank you to our listeners, and we want to let you know that you are not alone. During these uncertain times, stay connected with a community that supports you can help us go through the worry and overwhelming news.  We are here for you.

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website radiototallynormaltoronto.org

    Also, the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast and many more if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    • 30 min
    RTNT Episode 30 LIVE on CJRU: Laughter Yoga with Steven Hughes

    RTNT Episode 30 LIVE on CJRU: Laughter Yoga with Steven Hughes

    Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, is a voice for community mental health; produced by the members and staff of Progress Place, a mental wellness clubhouse in downtown Toronto.

    Episode 30 was hosted on June 10th, 2020. This month we sat down with Steven Hughes.

    The episode was recorded using an online platform and all the participants were in their own homes to comply with the social distancing recommendation. 

    On this episode we have an interview with Steven Hughes, a Laughter Yoga teacher and Education Specialist from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. He has been a certified Yoga teacher since 1985 and today he is going to explain what Laughter Yoga is and what are its benefits to our physical and mental health. We think that this topic is important at this time because it can provide us with better ways to cope with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Progress Place Warm Line have extended their hours to offer support to anyone feeling isolated or needing a friendly chat during these times.

    Between 12pm - 8pm, Call 416-323-3721

    Between 8pm - Midnight, Call 416-960-WARM (9276)

    Text 647-557-5882

    You can also chat online on warmline.ca

    Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to keep the RTNT production going through these times.

    Thank you to our listeners, and we want to let you know that you are not alone. During these uncertain times, stay connected with a community that supports you can help us go through the worry and overwhelming news.  We are here for you.

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website radiototallynormaltoronto.org

    Also, the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast and many more if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    • 39 min
    RTNT Episode 29 LIVE on CJRU: Mental health and supports during self-isolation

    RTNT Episode 29 LIVE on CJRU: Mental health and supports during self-isolation

    Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, is a voice for community mental health; produced by the members and staff of Progress Place, a mental wellness clubhouse in downtown Toronto.

    Episode 29 was hosted by RTNT’s Donhaila on May 13th, 2020. This month we’re continuing  discussing Mental health and supports during self-isolation.

    The episode was recorded using an online platform and all the participants were in their own homes to comply with the social distancing recommendation. We have a double feature this show: an interview with the Warm Line and a teaser of an interview we did with Steven Hughes, a Laughter Yoga Leader and Education Specialist at the Center for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH).

    We recorded an interview with the Warm Line so that they may give us an overview of the services they offer. Due to confidentiality we will be leaving them nameless. Thank you to the Warm Line for their involvement with the show this month.

    Progress Place Warm Line have extended their hours to offer support to anyone feeling isolated or needing a friendly chat during these times.

    Between 12pm - 8pm, Call 416-323-3721

    Between 8pm - Midnight, Call 416-960-WARM (9276)

    Text 647-557-5882

    You can also chat online on warmline.ca

    The interview with Steven Hughes was so fun that we decided we wanted to show our listeners a teaser so that everyone can tune in next month (June 10th) for the full interview!

    Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to keep the RTNT production going through these times.

    Thank you to our listeners, and we want to let you know that you are not alone. During these uncertain times, stay connected with a community that supports you can help us go through the worry and overwhelming news.  We are here for you.

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website radiototallynormaltoronto.org

    Also, the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    https://open.spotify.com/show/35FOGmRKNzMB11vXee3elL

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-totally-normal-toronto/id1464398185?uo=4

    https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9iNmVkOGE4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz

    Our website:

    https://www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org

    • 25 min
    RTNT Episode 28 LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health and Self-Isolation

    RTNT Episode 28 LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health and Self-Isolation

    Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, is a voice for community mental health; produced by the members and staff of Progress Place, a mental wellness clubhouse in downtown Toronto. 

    Episode 28 was hosted by RTNT’s Susan on April 8, 2020. This month we’re focusing on Mental health and self-isolation. 

    The episode was recorded using an online platform and all the participants were in their own homes to comply with the social distancing recommendation. We focused the conversation on how we can protect our mental health during this COVID19 pandemic outbreak and the strategies that we can use to stay connected even when we can't leave our homes. 

    The participants of this conversation, members and staff of Progress Place, share their ways to cope with self-isolation and how they stay informed trying to avoid "fake news" and misinformation.  

    In the era of Social Media, a lot of unverified information can cause confusion and can reduce the effectiveness of public health advice 

    The World Health Organization created the term “infodemic” to refer to this misinformation that can have real health effects on many people, especially in a population that already struggles with mental health issues. 

    Also, during this episode we share some resources that anyone can access for mental health support.  

    Progress Place Warm Line have extended their hours to offer support to anyone feeling isolated or needing a friendly chat during these times. 

    Between 12pm - 8pm, Call 416-323-3721 
    Between 8pm - Midnight, Call 416-960-WARM (9276) 
    Text 647-557-5882 
    You can also chat online on warmline.ca 

    Thank you to our listeners, and we want to let you know that you are not alone. During these uncertain times, stay connected with a community that supports you can help us go through the worry and overwhelming news.  We are here for you. 

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website radiototallynormaltoronto.org  

    Also, the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    https://open.spotify.com/show/35FOGmRKNzMB11vXee3elL
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-totally-normal-toronto/id1464398185?uo=4
    https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9iNmVkOGE4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz

    • 33 min

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