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Mental Health - Let's Talk About it!

Mental Health - Let's Talk About it!

By Charlene Pickrem, MA (CYS),
Charlene Pickrem, the host of, Mental Health - Let's Talk About it! CIOE 97.5 FM, is not a doctor, her perspectives are their own. Charlene's experience, education and lived challenges offer validity and credibility
The objective of the show is to have diverse guests share their awareness and perspectives on, Mental Health and Mental Illness, to empower other with potential strategies or resources to look after self/other(s).
Three shows state "commit" suicide rather than "died by suicide" or "death by suicide", apologies to those this offends.
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Dr. J Sadek MD, MBA, FRCPC, B.Sc. Pharm, DABPN (Psych & Neuro)
Dr. J. Sadek, specializes in ADHD and Suicide.  He shares his vast knowledge on Suicide. What is the difference between self harm and suicide, researched risk factors as well as strategies to support.  I found the information beneficial, listen in. Be empowered!
September 29, 2019
Ryan Pulsifer
As a high school co-op student Ryan has been learning the ropes and getting to meet the various characters of CIOE 97.5 FM team. Ryan and I chat about mental health/illness. Ryan expresses himself amazingly well and his self awareness was refreshing. Listen in you won't be disappointed.
September 20, 2019
Halifax Chamber of Commerce - Becky Davison
Becky, is the director of marketing for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and when I was approved to have a representative come on the show to discuss the role , Halifax Chamber of Commerce has in supporting the well being of its employees but also to advocate and address mental health well being issues in our entrepreneurial context. Educating business owners on diversity and inclusion practices being practiced successfully and continuing the conversation. Be empowered!
August 30, 2019
Healthy Minds Cooperative
Brad Rowe and Leslie Huska, share the mission and their roles within, Healthy Minds Cooperative team. Each shares from a perspective of living with mental illness. I was inspired by their individual resiliency, vulnerability, genuine desire to assist others and journey to wellness. Had a great time, listen in, be inspired and empowered.
August 30, 2019
April Stroink
April, joins me on Mental Health - Let's Talk About it! to share her knowledge and experience regarding money mindset. How we think about and engage with money has much larger impacts on our mental health well being than we may recognize. She is walking the talk and enjoying life while teaching her daughters and many others how to alter their mindset and decrease monetary stress. An important discussion to engage in, please join us. Be empowered!
August 17, 2019
Rosanne Burke, Dementia
Rosanne, joins me on Mental Health - Let's Talk About it! to share her own care provider journey and how that experience spurred her on to enhance her awareness to help other care providers. We also discuss the importance of providing dementia patients with opportunities to meet their mental health needs. Be empowered!
August 9, 2019
Cecil Wright
Cecil joins me to discuss the power of sports, theatre and music in maintaining his own mental health.
July 18, 2019
Shaleen Jones - Eating Disorders NS
Shaleen, will enhance listeners awareness of eating disorders and avaliable services to assist individuals overcome and live well. Peer support is an integral part of Eating Disorders Nova Scotia. Being able to share with another, who has overcome their own challenges and can relate, helps individuals feel they are not alone. Be empowered! 
June 7, 2019
Tracey Maxfield - Escaping the Rabbit Hole
On August 20, 2015, after enduring years of intense workplace stress, bullying and harassment, Tracey Maxfield, a hard working, highly skilled, caring and compassionate nurse, hurtled headfirst down into an abyss of darkness, despair, pain and sorrow (she affectionately named the rabbit hole). Tracey, has dedicated her life to bringing awareness to the discussion of Mental Health in Canada/US. Tracey shares some statling statistics that sent my producer and myself fact checking before airing the show.  Be empowered!
May 30, 2019
Jay Aaron Roy
Jay, approaches community challenges in a unique way.  Cape and Cowl,  specializes in comics, toys, and games but is much more. Listen in and see how he has teamed up with other service providers to help community members struggling find support. Be empowered!
May 21, 2019
Wayne Maxwell (part #2)
Wayne and I continue our conversation regarding trauma, to enhance awareness of various strategies/resources, to cope with the challenges of exposure. Be empowered!
May 9, 2019
Wayne Maxwell - Cricon Consulting
Wayne, joins me to discuss trauma. He shares his wealth of knowledge regarding the evolution of trauma and coping strategies to overcome and live well after experiencing a life altering event. Be empowered!
May 1, 2019
Donalda MacIssac
Donalda MacIssac, joins me to discuss  her extensive volunteer efforts in the community, how the knowledge/experience gathered will assist her advocate for community members potentially as a MLA for Sackville-Cobequid, in Lower Sackville, NS. Be empowered!
April 12, 2019
Bev Fletcher - "Believe in Hope"
Bev's teen daughter died by suicide. Bev shares her lived experience, what supported her to initially survive, what she did to empower herself and how she and her two daughters are living today. RESILIENCY+  Be empowered! 
April 5, 2019
Tyler Simmonds and Kyle Kelly (Laing House)
Kyle Kelly, Support Staff, Team Lead & Community Support Worker, and Tyler Simmonds, a Peer Support Worker join me from Laing House in the studio. We discuss living with Mental Illness and the supports avaliable through Laing House. Please join us and be empowered!
March 22, 2019
Jenny Theriault & Kim Henry (Victorian Order of Nurses, VON)
Jenny and Kim join me to discuss the various services provided by VON to assist individuals live well in their communities/homes. Did you know they have transportation and food delivery service? Be empowered!
March 18, 2019
Janice Landry
Award winning author, journalist and life long story teller, Janice Landry, joins me to discuss mental health and honoring the trauma of first responders, emergency and military personnel. Trauma does not discriminate. Be empowered 
March 7, 2019
Joe Quammie
Joe, produces and hosts, 2 programs for CIOE 97.5 FM, All Them Blues & Soulful Shack. After attending a CIOE event I gave Joe a drive home and our conversation led to him being a guest on my show. We had so many similarities to share, our experiences and feelings, mental health challenges and current outlook on life. We all have a journey, how do you relate to another's story. Be empowered!
March 1, 2019
Elizabeth Perry
Elizabeth, joins me on, Mental Health-Let's Talk About it! to share her passion and knowledge regarding, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Be empowered!
February 13, 2019
Andrea Parker, Coordinator with Cobequid and West Hants Uniacke Community Health Board
Andrea, provides listeners an awareness of the Community Health Boards. With over thirty-seven boards throughout Nova Scotia, volunteers gather information from their communities regarding your health and wellness, advocate change and provide wellness grants. Be empowered!
February 5, 2019
Dr. Alexa Bagnell, Bell Let's Talk representative.
Bell Let's Talk representative Dr. Alexa Bagnell, discusses anxiety, acceptable and negatively impacting, strategies & support, web based interventions and resources. #bellletstalk  My apologies to those of you who hate to hear the English language butchered my Dyslexic Syndrome was challenging me during the show and impacted the formation of my questions. The information though is fantastic. Be empowered!
January 29, 2019
Jennifer Stewart
Jennifer, joins me to discuss how can we find "sparkle" in our lives to live a life full of joy, love, purpose and passion.
January 28, 2019
David Holt
David joins me to share his perspectives on, trying to get care for his sister, who had Schizophrenia and later died by suicide. Be empowered!
January 15, 2019
Rachael Dent-Flynn, FLAR Equine Experience
Rachael joins me on Mental Health-Let's Talk About it! to discuss how working with horses and a facilitator can assist individuals with various challenges. Horses are extremely sensitive to an individuals emotional presence you can't fool them. Be empowered!
January 10, 2019
Georgina Fitzpatrick & Jenny Theriault
Georgina (Fraudcents) and Jenny (VON) join me to discuss the mental health impacts of fraud on our aging population and their families. How can we protect our loved ones and community members from elder abuse? This is a very important topic that we can not ignore! Be empowered!
November 13, 2018
rcs construction (Andrew Doucet & Dena Hueston)
Andrew & Dena share how rcs construction supports employee mental health well being in their organizational culture. Be empowered!
November 6, 2018
Peter Stoffer
Listen to Peter share the importance of living life - try a new form of exercise, be with the one's you love, enjoy a good meal, help others and sleep. Try to catch a leaf and laugh! Operational Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders can negatively impact ones life, learning strategies to move forward is important, you can overcome your challenges. Be empowered!
October 30, 2018
Dr. Allan Abbass
Dr. Allan Abbass, joins me to discuss how the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University utilizes Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy to assist individuals overcome emotional blockages.
October 23, 2018
James Shepard
James shares his perspectives on mental health/illness, the challenges he has experienced and his desire to live well, as a visually impaired individual. Be empowered!
October 15, 2018
Dave Wilson
Dave joins me on Mental Health-Let's Talk About it! to share his knowledge of, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) appreciate our first responders. Be empowered!
October 10, 2018
Steve Deveau
Steve joins me to share his story of trauma and resiliency. Six years sober and choosing to put as much time and energy into his recovery as he did his addiction. Steve discusses the challenges of overcoming one's past and the roadblocks he is encountering.
September 25, 2018
Roberta Hibbert
Roberta shares how her Type "E" personality being everything to everyone was no healthy and how volunteering has helped her with her self care.
September 18, 2018
Rick Courtney
Rick joins me to discuss Mental Health First Aid and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training as proactive strategies to assist individuals identify mental health behaviors and interventions to safely de-esculate individuals in crisis.
August 22, 2018
Andrew Middleton
Andrew Middleton, CEO of Shift, joins me to discuss experiential learning, supporting the mental health of employees and future prospects.
August 7, 2018
DocChristine Sauer
DocChristine Sauer joins me to discuss her dark journey with Mental Illness and finding the light; the right combination of medication and healthy alternatives to thrive. Join us for this inspirational discussion and enhance your knowledge of others perspectives. Be well!
July 31, 2018
Chebucto Family Centre
Nicole Clarke, Family Wellness Co-ordinator and Aaron Bailey, Youth and Community Outreach Co-ordinator join me to discuss the services provided by the Chebucto Family Centre to assist individuals, families and community identify challeneges and discover supports/strategies to maintain their Mental Health well being.
July 24, 2018
Jason Craig - Sackville/Beaverbank Happy Community Project.
Jason joins me to discuss the Happy Community Project and the vision and action the residents of Sackville and Beaverbank have for their community. The Happy Community Project is an evidence based approach to improving our communities well being.
July 17, 2018
Ashley MacInnis
Ashley joins me to discuss her journey with Mental Illness and the strategies in her "tool box" to maintain her mental health as well as her desire to end the stigma of Mental Illness.
July 11, 2018
Grant Hatcher - Balanced Trance
Grant joins me to discuss hypnotherapy, meditation, toxic masculinity and other topics related to Mental Health.
June 29, 2018
Andrea Janzen, Professional Leadership Coach (Goals)
Andrea discusses strategies to reach our goals and uses me as her guinea pig to walk through the process.
June 19, 2018
Councillor Lisa Blackburn, District 14
Lisa shares the challenges rural citizens have accessing Mental Health services, her own perspectives and experiences, wrap around services, teachers, proactive vs reactive interventions and more ......
June 19, 2018
Kimberly Strange - Registered Counselling Therapist
Kim shares with us the process of becoming a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) and the services provided by a RCT. Kim was my therapist and she was essential to helping me recognize how my thinking was causing me anxiety and to accept my depression and need for medication.
June 19, 2018
Keith Gelhorn & Zeek Parot - ADDvocacy ADHD and Life Skills Coaching
Keith shares his own journey and how it spurred him on the start his own business. Zeek participated in programs offered by Keith and shares how it has changed his perspectives to one of a growth mindset.
June 19, 2018
Kelly Shaw & Melissa Caines - Animal Therapy
Kelly, Melissa and Jozee join me to discuss the benefits of animal therapy, the science behind it and how to become certified as an animal therapist. Animals are good for our Mental Health well being!
June 19, 2018
Debbie Adams - PeopleCan Training
Debbie and I discuss the power of having a purpose, functioning well with Mental Illness, personal power and the importance of dealing with our trauma.
June 19, 2018
Mike Brannen, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
Mike shares how he found himself as the Communications Coordinator at the Mental Health Foundation and the teams mission.
June 19, 2018
Dave Graham, Executive Director of Brigadoon Village
Dave shares how he became involved with Brigadoon Village and the various camps they offer, in particular, Camp Believe for kids/youth who have parents living with Mental Illness.
June 19, 2018
Andrea Janzen, Professional Leadership Coach
Andrea and I discuss judgement and gossip, the impact of unconscious bias, the abundance mindset, steps to overcome judgement
June 18, 2018
Caelin Nadin, Yoga Therapist and Andrea Chute, Yoga Instructor
Why not start with a little giggle!! Great explanation of the difference between Yoga Therapy and yoga practice. These ladies know their stuff, have a listen, great show!!
June 18, 2018
Councillor Steve Craig, District 15 - Lower Sackville, NS.
Steve joins me to discuss resources that are available to citizens within HRM, issues concerning citizens that impact Mental Health and how we can help self as well as other within our communities.
June 18, 2018
Strongest Families Institute
Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie, President and CEO of the Stongest Families Institute, is also a scientist at the IWK Health Centre and Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University and Kati Lavigne, Vice President of Operations joins me to discuss their approach.
June 18, 2018
Lynn Yetman, Executive Director, Healthy Minds Cooperative.
Lynn discusses peer to peer or group led support to get you where you need to be to meet your Mental Health needs.
June 18, 2018
Angus Campbell - Executive Director, Caregivers Nova Scotia
Angus shares the services and supports that are available to Nova Scotian citizens who are assisting a family or community member live well in their own communities.
June 18, 2018
Kimberly Strange (RCT) - Relax Kids
Kimberly introduces listeners to the Relax Kids program she facilitates. She also trains others to be able to provide the program.
June 18, 2018
Lisa & Robert Lee - Wellness Advocates - Essential Oils
Lisa and Robert discuss the impact our sense of smell has on how we feel and how we can use this knowledge to improve our daily emotions.
June 18, 2018
Dr. Stan Kutcher, Professor of Psychology at Dalhousie University
Dr. Kutcher discusses the potential confusion between Mental Health and Mental Illness language and the five essential strategies that all need to practice to maintain Mental Health well being.
June 18, 2018