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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 37 - Mental health and Resilience

    RTNT Episode 37 - Mental health and Resilience

    Welcome to the August show of Radio Totally Normal Toronto on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca. The show aired on August 11, 2021. It’s our 37th episode!

    Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, provides a voice for community mental health; produced by the members and staff of Progress Place; a psycho-social clubhouse approach to mental health recovery; situated in downtown Toronto.

    This month's episode is about Mental Health and Building resilience. You will get an opportunity to listen to a discussion over Zoom between members and staff of Progress Place about the importance of resilience when it comes to our mental health.

    As Harold Kushner, the author of "When bad things happen to good people", said "Sometimes bad things have to happen before good things can", resilience can be defined as one's capacity to withstand hardship and be able to recover quickly from life's challenges." The participants shared their own definitions of resilience and their personal experiences going through challenges and recovering from them.  

    By no means should any of the information or opinions presented be considered as advice. What we do advise is that the info be taken with a grain of salt and for our listeners to form their own opinions.  

    Thank you to all the members and staff that were part of this interesting conversation about Mental health and Building resilience, and that were part of the production of the 37th episode of RTNT.

    Please share this episode with your friends and family.  Together we can transition from mental health stigmas to a continued focus on mental health wellness.

    Are you or someone you know looking for a community resource to support Mental Health Wellness? If so, a Clubhouse near you offers tours. Every year, Clubhouse International reaches 100,000+ people in 320+ clubhouses in 34 countries. To find a clubhouse in your community, go to clubhouseinternational.org.  

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out radiototallynormaltoronto.org. Also, we’re happy to announce that you can now stream RTNT on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    If you’d like to learn more about Progress Place you can:

    - visit progressplace.org.   

    - Follow us on social media. _@progressplaceclubhouse on Instagram & Facebook

    _ @Progress_Place on Twitter

    • 34 min
    RTNT Episode 36 - Mental Health & Creative Outlets

    RTNT Episode 36 - Mental Health & Creative Outlets

    Welcome to the 36th episode of Radio Totally Normal Toronto on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca. 

    This month's episode is about Mental Health and Creativity. You will get an opportunity to listen to a discussion over Zoom between members and staff of Progress Place about how having a creative outlet can impact our mood and mental health.

    Several scientific studies have shown that having a creative outlet can help increase positive emotions and reduce depressive symptoms and anxiety.

    By no means should any of the information or opinions presented be considered as advice. What we do advise is that the info be taken with a grain of salt and for our listeners to form their own opinions.

    We would like to thank all those involved with this episode of Radio Totally Normal Toronto and a special thanks to Catherine, a facilitator from the Toronto Writers Collective, a non-profit organization that provides free creative writing workshops to vulnerable communities in the GTA and other Canadian cities. 

    Thank you to our listeners and all the members and staff of Progress Place who work hard each month to create a recurring episode of Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    *To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out radiototallynormaltoronto.org. You can stream RTNT on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    If you’d like to learn more about Progress Place you can:

    -Visit progressplace.org.

    -Follow us on social media

    @progressplaceclubhouse on Instagram & Facebook

    @Progress_Place on Twitter*

    • 40 min
    RTNT Episode 35 - Staying Paws-itive with Pets

    RTNT Episode 35 - Staying Paws-itive with Pets

    Welcome to the April show of Radio Totally Normal Toronto on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca. Julie of RTNT was the host for this April 14, 2021 episode number 35.

    Today we are going to speak on Mental Health and Pets. First off, we’re going to connect with staff and members of Progress Place to listen in on their Round Table discussion on the topic. We recorded the discussion over Zoom as the Clubhouse is not currently open to record in our studio.

    This episode features perspectives and information that are not directly from RTNT. We are NOT health professionals who specialize in Covid-19 or any other physical health matters. If you have any questions about Covid-19 please visit the website for either Toronto Public Health or Public Health Ontario or contact your doctor directly for any health questions or concerns.

    This episode may contain conversations around suicide and suicide prevention. If you are in crisis, please call 911 or the Gerstein Crisis Centre (if you’re in Toronto) at (416) 929-5200

    Afterwards, we are spoke with Liane Weber of The LifeLine Canada Foundation. They have an amazing program, among others, called Companion Paws Canada.

    Taken from the Companion Paws website: “Medical studies have confirmed what we all know from experience, spending time with an affectionate pet makes us feel better. In fact, contact with a compassionate animal can significantly improve mental and physical health, as well as reduce stress, depression and anxiety. A pet can make a huge difference in your life.”

    Our round table discussion involves a group of animal loving staff and members. We are really fortunate to be able to draw from their knowledge and experience around pets. It’s difficult to know the true benefits of owning a pet until it's something you experience for yourself. This discussion was so fun to do that they lost track of time!

    We would like to thank all those involved with this episode of Radio Totally Normal Toronto. Please check out the Lifeline Canada Foundation website and on the app store. Thank you Liane Weber.

    A special thank you to our interviewers of RTNT. Thank you to all the members and staff of Progress Place who work hard each month to create a recurring episode of Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    Thank you to our listeners. Please, share this episode with your friends and family.

    *To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out radiototallynormaltoronto.org. You can stream RTNT on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    If you’d like to learn more about Progress Place you can:

    -visit progressplace.org.

    -Follow us on social media

    @progressplaceclubhouse on Instagram & Facebook

    @Progress_Place on Twitter*

    Thanks again for listening to us and stay tuned for a new episode in two months!

    • 47 min
    RTNT Episode 34 - Nutrition and Mental Health

    RTNT Episode 34 - Nutrition and Mental Health

    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 34 was hosted on February 10th, 2021. This month we sat down with Racquel from Regent Park Communty Centre and Diabetes Education Program and Kaltuma from Weston Mount Dennis at the Community Hub.

    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 Kaltuma from Weston Mount Dennis at the Community Hub in Toronto.  She shared with us the changes that have been made at The Community Hub since the beginning of the pandemic.  Then we interviewed Racquel, a nutritionist from Regent Park and Diabetes Education Program.  She shares tips and tricks to stay healthy throughout the 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.

    • 48 min
    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

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