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Kelly Mental Health

By Kelly Mental Health
Covering the mental health aspect of everyday life.
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Striving to be the Best Kind of Dad - Men's Mental Health with Shane Powell
In this episode, Shane Powell joins Linda Kelly for an exploration of his transition to parenthood and how he has worked on being an informed parent in the age of mental health awareness. He shares how the loss of his friend to suicide led to his own challenges with mental health, and how he has learned to connect with and communicate with his children to cultivate emotional intelligence, proactive problem-solving, compassion for self and others, and of course, how to use their words to express themselves. 
February 25, 2021
Understanding Male Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) with Gord Mclean
In this episode, Gord Mclean courageously speaks out about his journey with mental health, specifically with depression, anxiety, and male Borderline Personality Disorder traits. He speaks about tending to take on the role of the caregiver, always putting himself last and struggling to be accepted by others and himself, which has led to the breakdown of many relationships in his life. While Gord notes that he was not officially diagnosed, this episode does focus on the traits he identifies as part of this disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD is characterized by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behaviour, often driven by a person’s absolute fear of abandonment. People with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that negatively impact their relationships and can lead to suicidal thoughts and attempts. This interview is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional counselling services. If you feel that you would like to speak to a licensed mental health professional, visit us at
February 18, 2021
Men's Mental Health - Owning Your Vulnerability with Jason Wellwood
In this episode, Jason Wellwood joins CEO Linda Kelly to explore Men's Mental Health challenges. Jason shares his unique journey as he has learned about his own mental health and how the pressure placed on men to know how to "do it all" while denying their feelings can lead to long-lasting challenges with anxiety and depression. Jason discusses how his childhood influences shaped the way he connects with other people, and how he has worked to address the dysfunction to create a better understanding of mental health and wellness for his children. Please keep in mind that this interview is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional counselling services. If you feel that you would like to speak to a licensed mental health professional, visit our website at for more information or call us at (807) 767-3888.
February 11, 2021
The Loss of a Mother - Cassandra's Story
In our latest episode, CEO Linda Kelly sat down with Social Butterfly Cassandra Nordal to discuss losing her mother at a young age, her experiences and how she lost herself. They also talk about the unhealthy coping mechanisms she used in the past to mask her grief for years. Ten years later, Cassandra can recognize her emotions and can communicate properly. She has learnt a lot working at Kelly Mental Health for the past year and wanted to share her message.
January 21, 2021
Parenting & Pregnancy During a Pandemic
In our latest episode, social butterfly Cassandra Nordal sat down with CEO Linda Kelly and Office Manager of KMH, Amanda Hampton, to discuss the difficulties of parenting and pregnancy during a pandemic. The two incredible parents shared a few things that worked for them and continue to work for their households. 
January 14, 2021
New Year, New Outlook!
CEO Linda Kelly and social butterfly Cassandra Nordal sat down to catch up and chat about their pandemic holidays. They spoke about returning to work, co-parenting during the holidays, the lockdown status and the pressures of New Year Resolutions. They even managed to have some laughs at their own expense. 
January 7, 2021
"You're Dead to Me!" and Other Family Holiday Greetings
When punishing, shaming, and threatening are prioritized over seeking solutions, relationships can falter. In Season 3, Episode 3, we dive into the extreme things family members can say to one another in the heat of the moment, and how these emotionally-driven statements can impact our relationships with ourselves and others for years to come. Listen as Linda and Cassandra trade stories about their experiences with those troubling statements, and discuss strategies for setting boundaries and communicating effectively. Follow along for some Healthy Communication Do's and Don'ts!
December 18, 2020
Let's Talk! - with Michael from Thamichaelated Show
CEO Linda Kelly sat down with the incredibly talented Michael from @thamichaelated show and had an inspiring conversation about mental health and wellness. They discussed both their podcasts, the stigmas surrounding mental health, children and the importance of their teachings, miscarriages and pregnancies, the importance of getting the appropriate help you need, the Kelly Mental Health Foundation "Light the Way" Campaign and how it can help many people, history and even managed to fit in a discussion about how to take a compliment. 
December 16, 2020
Stress Around the World - With Dr. Meg Van Deusen, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Author
Welcome everyone to Season 3, Episode 1. In this episode, Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW, TITC-CT, CEO of Kelly Mental Health & Founder of the Kelly Mental Health Foundation sat down with Dr. Meg Van Deusen, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Author based out of Seattle, Washington to discuss her book "Stress in the US" and the stress all around the world during these difficult pandemic times. 
December 11, 2020
When You Don't Feel How You're Supposed to Feel
Weddings, relationships, losses - all major life events come with this idea of how you're supposed to feel about them. But many of us actually going through these events feel nothing of the sort. We actually feel guilty when we aren't head over heels in love with our partner or our new baby or even our life choices. Some of us feel more anxiety than excitement about taking the next step. Today's episode with Kelly Graham, MSW, RSW is all about the expectations society has for us to feel a specific way, and how we are impacted when reality doesn't really match. 
November 12, 2020
Ignoring Social Media Instincts
In today's episode, episode 14, we sat down with CEO Linda Kelly to discuss a topic many of us know quite a bit about. We tend to get spooked and even tangled up in this web. Some of us may have even been haunted by this.  So, please, get comfortable because we are discussing Social Media.
October 29, 2020
The Past, Present & Future
In today's episode, episode 14, we sat down with the incredible CEO Linda Kelly to discuss the win of the 2020 New Business Excellence Award from the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. We spoke about what the award meant to her and the entire team and how it made them feel. We also had an in-depth look at when and where Kelly Mental Health began, her vision and the future of KMH. 
October 22, 2020
Navigating Relationships Through Stress - With Kelly Graham
In today's episode, we sat down with CEO, Linda Kelly and Kelly Graham, a registered social worker with Kelly Mental Health, to discuss the difficulties of stressful times and how to navigate through them in some of your relationships. We also spoke about the new stressful COVID 19 restrictions and how it played a role in all of our lives and how strangely enough, in Kelly's situation, brought her and her new husband closer together.
October 8, 2020
The Battle of Unhealthy Coping Skills - With Kelly Graham
In today's episode, we sat down with two incredible ladies, our CEO Linda Kelly and Kelly Graham, a Registered Social Worker who has been with Kelly Mental Health for some time. We discussed unhealthy coping skills, how they can and are affecting our day to day lives and how we can be replacing them with healthier skills.
October 1, 2020
Life After & During Addiction - with Mandee Hochins
In today's episode, CEO Linda Kelly and Cassandra Nordal, sat down with Mandee Hochins to discuss life during and after addiction. We spoke about her journey of how her addiction began and the steps she took to get to where she is today. From under the rock bottom rock, to climbing to the top and staying there. We also discussed how counselling made an incredibly positive impact on her road to recovery. 
September 24, 2020
Coaching Our Kids Through Back-To-School Anxiety - with Kristen Sohlman, RP
Kristen Sohlman, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist, shares valuable mental health tips on coaching our children through the return to school, letting go of unfair comparisons as parents, learning how to validate our kids, and understanding how to meet their needs by learning more about who they are as individuals. Special mentions include the Pinterest-worthy homeschooling setups, helping kids with special needs, and role-modelling to prevent separation anxiety.
September 11, 2020
Revisiting the Fear of the Unknown - Back to Classes
In today's episode, CEO Linda Kelly and Cassandra Nordal, sat down to discuss revisiting the fear of the unknown, coping skills and grounding techniques for students, educators and parents returning to the classroom. From everyone at Kelly Mental Health, we would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy return.
September 3, 2020
When Body Image Becomes a Disorder - Part 2
In the second half of our Body Image Series, we discuss the disorder called Orthorexia. This eating disorder involves an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. Stay tuned and have a listen as we dive into explaining this newer disorder.
August 27, 2020
When Body Image Becomes a Disorder Part 1
In this two part episode, we discussed the Mental Health Disorder known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), the affects and symptoms it has on our bodies. We examined the history of the Body Positivity movement which has grown since the 1960's and made an incredible impact on our society. Stay tuned to listen to our second half of our episode.
August 20, 2020
Mask Anxiety with Kelly Graham
In this podcast, Linda Kelly and Kelly Graham discuss the impact of wearing cloth masks for those that struggle with anxiety, and real down-to-earth coping skills that we use in therapy sessions with our clients to manage that distress. We discuss the issues with wearing masks, unhelpful thoughts that influence Anxiety, how to identify anxiety and panic, self-soothing and grounding skills such as paced breathing and opposite action, and finally, how to support kids to wear their masks without fear.  
July 30, 2020
Lara Hollway and the Trauma of Modern Labour and Birth
In this episode, we talk about how hospitals restricting care partners during labour due to the pandemic makes so little sense during what is often one of the most important experiences of a person's life. Lara discusses how her training as a Doula has influenced her clinical practice and led her to focus on resolving traumatic birth experiences. She describes the impact of how birthing parents are disempowered, the process medicalized, and how invalidation and doubting one's instincts often leads to more complications and issues. 
July 23, 2020
Nature & Forest Therapy
In this episode Host Linda Kelly and Co-Host Cassandra Nordal sit down to talk with Laurie Vance, MSW, RSW, & Cert. Nature & Forest Therapist from Kelly Mental Health about Forest Therapy, Forest Bathing and the countless benefits Nature brings into our lives. We dive further into detail about this amazing therapy and how it can benefit everyone from every walk of life.  CEO, Linda Kelly also makes an exciting announcement so sit back, relax and enjoy!
July 16, 2020
Why Are We Afraid to Talk about Death?
On the heels of her aunt's sudden passing, Linda Kelly talks to Kelly Graham about all the things we don't like to discuss, and why. They talk about life purpose, deriving comfort from understanding the meaning of our experiences, our legacy, how we'd want our own death handled by the people around us, and some of the ways that trauma-focused therapy like EMDR can help with grief. 
July 9, 2020
Infidelity - Let's Talk
Host Linda Kelly and Co-host Cassandra Nordal, dive head first into the large topic of infidelity. Specifically cheating and how it can effect your mental health, the aftermath and the difficulties we face. We also discuss the topic of staying in a relationship after the cheating has happened and how it can be okay to stay but ONLY if you and your partner are BOTH willing to work on the relationship. 
July 2, 2020
Situationship - Am I In One?
Linda Kelly & Co-host Cassandra Nordal discuss the term "Situationship" and what it means to be in one and how to know when enough is enough. 
June 25, 2020
To Mask or Not to Mask - That is the Question
Episode 15 - In this episode, Co-host Cassandra Nordal sits down with Registered Social Worker Kelly Graham, to discuss further into the returning to work fears and the main topic of wearing mask or not wearing masks. This episode dives a little further into why it may be difficult for some people to wear them. 
June 18, 2020
Hatred and the Meaning of Life
Episode 14 - During today's episode, we discussed the most recent social justice movement and impacts this had on the entire world. We discussed about the variety of emotions we are all going through right now and we also celebrated 2SLGBTIQ+ while reminding ourselves that sometimes we need to reset and get back our roots. Join Linda Kelly and Cassandra Nordal as they navigate through all of the hatred in our world and the meaning of life. ** Warning Harsh Language **
June 4, 2020
Returning to Work - The New Normal
Episode 13 - In this episode, Linda and Cassandra discuss the emotions about returning to work, the new normal, new work place procedures and protocols and how group debriefing can benefit your overall team and environment 
May 29, 2020
Community Hostility & the Weight Game Shame
In our latest episode, we discussed the fear and anxiety of the economy reopening, tips on how to cope with the changes in the community, learning to accept changes without personalizing them, difficulty making choices that affect other people, and the shame involved with the weight gain during the pandemic.  
May 22, 2020
Talking Men's Mental Health with Shane Powell
In this special episode, Shane Powell of the Andrew Miedema Foundation joins Linda Kelly to talk about some of the mental health challenges impacting men. We discuss self-image, the impact of losing our regular coping mechanisms to COVID-19, how bottling up our feelings can lead to depression and suicide, and how to get right with the "what-ifs" when you can't predict the future.
May 13, 2020
Handling Grief While the World is Upside Down
Being the person who people tend to lean on means that you can’t drop anchor until everyone else is safe. In this episode, Cassandra describes how the recent loss of her grandmother has been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. She describes learning how to cope with loss in the midst of a rapidly changing world. For more of our articles on how to handle grief, check out
May 6, 2020
To Have & Maybe Not To Hold During Covid-19
In this episode, Kelly Graham joins us to discuss how her wedding plans are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We get to explore how the pressure from family, society, and her own expectations weigh in on her experience of anxiety. We talk about how to cope by setting boundaries and knowing when to enforce them, and how to control our feelings by focusing on what we can control, moving from what could have been, to what is.
April 22, 2020
Slow Down & Retrain Your Mind
In this episode, we discuss the following: How using scheduling, charts or lists, etc. help to divide up responsibilities at home and keep everyone on track, giving yourself extra time to process, enjoy things, accepting that our pace needs to slow down a little, moving into the state of cautious peace, the ability to feel more gratitude, retraining your mind and using the problem-solving quadrant.
April 17, 2020
Covid-19 & The Impact on Addictions
In this episode, we discuss how isolation can impact addictions, substance abuse, and mental health all plays a significant role in it all.
April 1, 2020
Relationships & How to Survive during Isolation.
Episode 6 - On this episode, we invited Laura Groulx, MSW, RSW to talk about Love Languages, Communication Skills, Signs of Gaslighting, Love Mapping and how to overall navigate through this difficult time.
March 24, 2020
The Here and the Now - Let’s Talk About It!
In this episode, we discuss the overall topic of depression, taking one step at a time, children and creating a calm/happy boxes during their isolation, letting them lead the conversation and remembering to keep calm, and be kind during this overwhelming time.
March 23, 2020
Self-Care Sundays
In this episode, we take you through a guided relaxation technique that is used in therapy to alleviate anxiety and manage stress. So get comfortable and try this out with us! (Please make sure you can safely close your eyes - you may fall asleep!)
March 22, 2020
Friday Frustrations
On today’s episode, we’re discussing the frustration that builds up when people aren’t taking the pandemic seriously, feelings of vulnerability for people that are pregnant or have young children, psychological concepts to make sense of things, and the flip side of the what-ifs. Also, you bet your bottom dollar we talked about Trudeau’s Corona/Crisis beard.
March 20, 2020
What to do with all the FEELS?
CEO Linda Kelly of KMH and PR Coordinator Cassandra Nordal, sat down to discuss the sense of powerlessness people are feeling lately, how to help yourself and your kids identify and positively express their emotions, learning how to validate one another and why that's so important right now, how KMH is trying to help the community, the impact of journalling, and things to do while stuck at home in isolation.
March 19, 2020
When it FEELS like the World is Ending - Let’s Talk about it!
Linda Kelly, CEO of Kelly Mental Health and Cassandra Nordal, PR Coordinator of Kelly Mental Health sit down to discuss the Mental Health impact about the Covid-19 pandemic, providing insight and advice on skills to manage anxiety through lighthearted stories of what's happening.
March 18, 2020