Conversations around mental health have never been more available and celebrated than they are today.
Not long ago, mental illness was so shrouded in shame and stigma that it was rarely ever discussed. Even within families in the midst of caring for someone struggling, it was standard practice to remain silent out of fear of public shame and ridicule.
That’s not the world we live in today, but elements of shame and stigma still do exist for those living with mental illness. While the conversation has been started and each day we, as society, become more open and honest about the chronic illness that impacts one out of every five people, there are always opportunities to do more.
That’s why, a few years ago; we launched #MindVine as a platform to share stories of recovery, expertise and opinions related to mental illness. It’s been successful in igniting conversations and giving people a voice they might not have thought they had.
Today, I happy to introduce another milestone in our effort to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness.
The inaugural #MindVine podcast, which is hosted by myself and External Relations Officer Chris Bovie, is now available for viewing on YouTube and listening on SoundCloud. It will also soon be available on iTunes.
The podcast serves as another tool to bring news, views and interviews around mental health together. In our first episode we discuss actress Kristen Bell’s recent acknowledgement of her 15-year struggle with anxiety and depression, we chat with Ontario Shores VP and Chief Nursing Executive Barb Mildon about the evolution of stigma and share a recent interview with Canadian singer/songwriter/author Dan Hill. Dan is best known as the artist behind the Grammy Award-winning hit song ‘Sometimes when we touch’.
As we move forward with the podcast, our listeners and viewers can expect to see a combination of discussions and interviews with Ontario Shores' professionals, celebrities, patients and prominent people with a mental health connection.
Moving forward we plan to tackle a variety of mental health topics related to adolescent, forensic, geriatric, and other patient populations. We strive to make the podcast engaging and relevant to both mental health professionals and our communities.
View the podcast on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFGJ7rfXcD4.
Listen on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/user-591076113/mindvine-podcast-episode-01-august-2016