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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 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.

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    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
    RTNT Episode 27 LIVE on CJRU: Musically Speaking Pt. 2

    RTNT Episode 27 LIVE on CJRU: Musically Speaking Pt. 2

    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 27 was hosted by RTNT’s Matthew on March 11, 2020 . This month we’re focusing on music and mental health.

    It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians will suffer from mental illness in their life, and billions are estimated to be lost by employers annually as a result, it is always a pertinent topic.

    Milena, who is a worker at Progress Place, leads members in a discussion about how music can affect our mental health.

    It is amazing how music has impacted all of the individuals in the discussion in such a positive manner.

    In a article found on livescience.com Suzanne Hanser, from Berklee College of Music in Boston said:  "Music-making is linked to a number of health benefits for older adults,"

    "Research shows that making music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, reduce stress, and lessen anxiety and depression. There is also increasing evidence that making music enhances the immunological response, which enables us to fight viruses,"

    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. Special thank you to the members and staff for their participation on this episode of RTNT.

    Thank you to our listeners, and 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.

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website. We are pleased to announce that the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    • 29 min
    RTNT Episode 26 Live on CJRU: Musically Speaking

    RTNT Episode 26 Live on CJRU: Musically Speaking

    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.

    This month we’re talking about Mental Health and Music. In an article;  “How Listening to Music Can Have Psychological Benefits”,

    b Kendra Cherry, the positive effects of music are investigated. The article can be found in verywellmind.com, (updated Dec 10,2019 and medically reviewed By Dr Daniel D Block. We have used this article as a startpoint for discussion by members and staff of Progress Place. The article looks at and suggests ways that may be helpful for things like: Cognitive performance, stress reduction, diet, memory and pain management.

    We’re going to mention a couple of cool tips of how music can affect our mental health:

    Music can improve your mood

    In an examination of the reasons why people listen to music, researchers discovered that music played an important role in relating arousal and mood. They rated that music helps achieve better moods and become more self-aware are the most important functions of music.

    Music can improve your cognitive performance

    One study found that playing more upbeat music led to improvements in processing speed while both upbeat and downbeat music led to benefits in memory. 

    Here are some extra tips for our listeners:

    Music can reduce stress

    In one 2013 study the results suggested that listening to music had an impact on the human stress response. Those who listened to music tended to recover more quickly following a stressor.

    Music might help you sleep better

    In a study that involved college students. The study found that participants who had listened to music had significantly better sleep quality than those who had listened to the audiobook or received no intervention.

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website. We are pleased to announce that the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    • 27 min
    RTNT Episode 25 Live on CJRU: Keeping Warm

    RTNT Episode 25 Live on CJRU: Keeping Warm

    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.

    This month we’re talking about Mental Health during Winter. A season when everyone tends to spend more time indoors. For those easily withdrawn and isolated; it’s especially important to keep active in winter. Even though the weather may not be perfect for outdoor and community activities there are ways to beat the cold, stay active, and even celebrate the colder months.

    In our first segment, two Progress Place members, Mark and Johnny, are going to go over some research they did about winter jackets and help you decide which coat to choose. You can find inexpensive winter coats at thrift stores such as Value Village, Double Take, Johns Thrift Store, or Vintage Depot

    Our second segment will be from a show we had done before on Youth and Homelessness. We interviewed Jesse Sudirgo who worked at Yonge Street Mission. The Yonge Street Mission is an organization in the downtown sector that aims to help support Toronto's most susceptible population. They aid families, children, youth, and even communities existing in daily poverty.

    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. Special thank you to the members and staff for their participation on this episode of RTNT.

    Thank you to our listeners, and please share this episode with your friends and family.  Together we can transition from mental health stigmas to a continued focus on mental health and wellness.

    If you are in need of a shelter you can call 211 Central Access. 211 service provides Information and Referral for callers to community and social services 24/7 for Central Region (Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and Durham Region), and overnight and on weekends for the rest of Ontario: Dial 2-1-1

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website. We are pleased to announce that the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    • 26 min
    Episode 24 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health through the Winter Months

    Episode 24 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health through the Winter Months

    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 24 was hosted by RTNT’s Toby on November 13, 2019. This month we’re focusing on winter activities to stay happy and healthy.

    It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians will suffer from mental illness in their life, and billions are estimated to be lost by employers annually as a result, it is always a pertinent topic.

    Mark, a Progress Place regular will ask members a host of questions related to how they spend their free time during the cold winter months. We will learn how different Progress Place members are affected by the reduction of sunlight, how they get around and how they dress best for the weather. A host of community resources are discussed as well. Toby then shares he knowledge of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) a depressive condition caused by decreased exposure to sunlight that is usually experienced during winter in northern regions.

    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. Special thank you to the members and staff for their participation on this episode of RTNT.

    Thank you to our listeners, and 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.

    To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website. We are pleased to announce that the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.

    Out of the Cold:

    www.outofthecold.org

    RTNT: 
    www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org

    For more information about Progress Place please visit: 
    www.progressplace.org

    • 24 min

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