Radio Totally Normal Toronto

Radio Totally Normal Toronto

By Radio Totally Normal Toronto
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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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. 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 Our website: https://www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org
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May 15, 2020
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
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April 8, 2020
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.
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March 31, 2020
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.
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February 12, 2020
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.
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December 30, 2019
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
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November 13, 2019
Episode 23 RTNT Live on CJRU: World Mental Health Day
Welcome to the October show of Radio Totally Normal Toronto on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca. Camelia was the host for the show on October 9th, 2019. This will be Episode 23! 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 health recovery centre in downtown Toronto. This year’s focus for World Mental Health Day is Mental Health ll parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels. The prevention of suicide has not been adequately addressed due to a lack of awareness of suicide as a major public health problem and the taboo in many societies to openly discuss. Our contribution to Suicide Prevention is a collection of voxpops from inside the clubhouse that is meant to offer insight to maintaining positive mental health. We will also be sharing the content that we created to send to the clubhouse in Calgary called Potential Place which features similar content. It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. We’ve looked up 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. The following comes from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health If you or someone you know are in crisis contact 911 for immediate help. If you are thinking about suicide please call 416-408-HELP. You may contact Crisis Services Canada toll free at 1-866-456-4566. You may also text them at 45645 from 4pm - 12am. Their website offers online chat support For friends or family who suspect someone who is in need of suicide prevention please visit www.ontariosuicidepreventionnetwork.ca or call 211.
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October 9, 2019
Episode 22 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health and the Arts
You are listening to Radio Totally Normal Toronto on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca in Toronto. 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. We are now on episode 22! This month we’re focusing on mental health and the arts.  As information and awareness spreads we are seeing an increasingly holistic approach to mental health; that is looking at physical, mental, emotional and social factors as important parts of someone’s overall health. This episode we spoke with Kelly Straughan from Workman Arts about their work and evolution of the workspace. As we will see in this episode, the arts can play an important role in overall mental wellness, providing not only an important outlet for expression but a chance to develop skills and confidence as well. Some facts about Mental Health and the arts are:  Drawing, painting, or molding objects from clay has been shown to help people deal with different kinds of trauma. In The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health, Heather L. Stuckey and Jeremy Nobel say that "art helps people express experiences that are too difficult to put into words, such as a diagnosis of cancer." "Artistic self-expression," they continue, "might contribute to maintenance or reconstruction of a positive identity." Additionally, a review published in 2014 suggests that individuals with musical training — such as those who learned how to play an instrument — have improved connectivity between the two hemispheres of their brains. 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 Kelly Straughan of Workman Arts for coming down to Progress Place to record the interview. 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. To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out radiototallynormaltoronto.org. 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.
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September 11, 2019
Episode 21 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health and the Workplace
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 21 was hosted by RTNT's Mathiaus on August 14th, 2019. This month we’re focusing on mental health in the workplace.   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.  Let’s get right into our first interview with Oliver who’s representing the Waterfront Business Improvement Association, an employment partner for people living with mental illness. For this segment Oliver was interviewed by Matthew from RTNT. We also will hear the audio presentation of Progress Place's transitional employment program. We hear RTNT's Paul introduce Freta, Ali,  Sara and Mariza. If you are interested in Progress Place.  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 Oliver from the Waterfront BIA for being involved in episode 21 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. Waterfront BIA: www.waterfrontbia.com RTNT:  www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org For more information about Progress Place please visit:  www.progressplace.org
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August 14, 2019
Episode 20 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health and LGBTQ+
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. Our topic for this month is Mental Health and LGBTQ+. The acronym stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, plus. This posted version of the show includes the full version of both interviews.  Today we’ll be hearing from two wonderful organizations that were kind enough to donate their time during Pride Month to share information about their agencies. First we’ll be hearing from Ronnie of Sherbourne Health and then we’ll be hearing from Chris Shillington of the Umbrella Mental Health Network. The reason we’ve chosen to cover the connection between LGBTQ+ and mental health is not only because of Pride Month, but to address and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ services available in our community.  According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, LGBTQ+ people may face: Higher rates of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and phobic disorders, suicidality, self-harm, and substance use among LGBTQ+ people Double the risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than heterosexual people. Although the community may be considered vulnerable, its important to note that the community has overcome a lot of adversity and displayed resilience to create a space for themselves. 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 Ronnie of Sherbourne Health and Chris Shillington of Umbrella Mental Health Network for being involved in episode 20 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 radiototallynormaltoronto.org. 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. Sherbourne Health: sherbourne.on.ca Umbrella Mental Health Network: www.umhn.ca RTNT:  www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org For more information about Progress Place please visit:  www.progressplace.org
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July 10, 2019
Episode 19: RTNT LIVE ON CJRU JUNE 12TH, 2019 - MENTAL HEALTH AND EDUCATION
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 clubhouse and mental health recovery centre in downtown Toronto. Today’s episode is all about mental health and education. We will be focusing on an amazing program at George Brown College. Children and youth spend a great deal of their lives at school; struggling with a mental health issue can affect their school life. They may behave in different ways with teachers and classmates, have difficulty making friends, or avoid going to class. Having difficulties can affect their grades. All of these issues can make things worse for them. (Source: smh-assist.ca) It is encouraging to see our community strive to improve awareness to reduce stigma and increase the amount of supports that are available in and outside schools.  Emily of RTNT was our interviewer for our 18th episode. We were fortunate to have interviewed Teresa Doell, Job Coordinator of the Augmented Education program at George Brown College. Teresa presents lots of insight on the program and the type of support they offer in both the classroom and for the workplace.  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 Teresa Doell for being involved in episode 18 of RTNT. 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! This episode originally aired on June 12th, 2019 on CJRU 1280 AM and www.cjru.ca. Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse. George Brown College - Augmented Education:  www.georgebrown.ca/augmentededucation RTNT: www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org For more information about Progress Place please visit: www.progressplace.org
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June 12, 2019
Episode 18 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health and Comedy
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 clubhouse and mental health recovery centre in downtown Toronto. Today’s episode is all about mental health and comedy and how the two interact.  First up is Bart Campbell from the organization Laughing Like Crazy.  Laughing Like Crazy aims to empower participants and audiences alike, breakdown isolation and anxiety, build self-esteem, and challenge stigma. Looking at difficult issues through the lens of humour provides an empowering perspective on mental health issues, builds confidence, and improves communication.  RTNT listeners may recognize the first interview with Bart Campbell as it is from our third episode we did back in 2017. In the second half of the episode we will be hearing from Jordan Foisy, a stand-up comedian from Toronto.  You may know him from his first album “Standing on the edge of unspeakable anxiety” as well as his written work for Vice Magazine and “This hour has 22 minutes.”  Most recently he is entertaining crowds with his show “The I’m back on my Antidepressants” tour.  He is an inspiration for people who suffer from Mental Health challenges. A special thanks to all of the staff and members who helped to make this episode possible. Huge thanks to comedian Jordan Foisy and Bart Campbell from Laughing Like Crazy for taking time out of his schedule to sit down with us here at RTNT. If you are interested in finding out more about Laughing Like Crazy visit: mooddisorders.ca/program/laughing-like-crazy This episode originally aired on May 8th, 2019 on CJRU 1280 AM and www.cjru.ca. Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse. RTNT: www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/radiototallynormaltoronto For more information about Progress Place please visit: www.progressplace.org
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May 8, 2019
Episode 17 RTNT LIVE on CJRU - Nature and Mental Health
Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, is a voice for community mental health and is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place, which is a mental wellness clubhouse in downtown Toronto. On this winning Wednesday April 10, 2019, as always we have an eager member of RTNT host the show. Today you will hear an interview with Bretton Dabous, who is the Program Manager at Street To Trail, an inspiring organization that takes homeless and marginalized individuals on hiking and overnight camping trips. This flows nicely with our Vox Pops of willing members of Progress Place who discuss their feelings about nature and mental health. Do you get out in nature as much as you would like? Are you satisfied with the amount of green spaces in Toronto? Ask yourself these questions the next time you feel overwhelmed by the daily grind of the work week. A special thanks to all of the staff and members who helped to make this episode possible and a huge thanks to Bretton Dabous from Street To Trail for taking time out of his schedule to sit down with us here at RTNT. If you are interested in finding out more about Street To Trail or would like to donate to a worthy cause visit: street-to-trail.ca This episode originally aired on April 10, 2019 on CJRU 1280 AM and www.cjru.ca. Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse. RTNT: www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/radiototallynormaltoronto For more information about Progress Place please visit: www.progressplace.org
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April 10, 2019
Episode 16 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health and Spring Cleaning
Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, is a voice for community mental health; it is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place, a mental wellness clubhouse in downtown Toronto. This wonderful Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, we had Johnny, a member of RTNT, hosting the show. Today you will hear an interview and Vox pops of members from Progress Place. They will discuss the topics of Mental Health and Spring Cleaning. First up we spend time with Charmaine Pang, a meditation instructor. After that interview we’ll be hearing from members of Progress Place speaking on spring cleaning. Vox pop comes from the Latin term vox populi, which means ‘voice of the people’. Media College explains that it is used in media where interviewers on television and radio go ‘on the streets’ to ask passerbys simple questions on specific topics. Huge thanks to Charmaine Pang for dropping by Progress Place to share her knowledge on meditation for us. If you are interested in keeping in touch with her work you can follow her on: Twitter: @wavysky.ca ​Linktree: linktr.ee/wavysky.ca This episode originally aired on March 13th, 2019 on CJRU 1280 AM and www.cjru.ca. Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse. RTNT: www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org Soundcloud: @radiototallynormaltoronto For more information about Progress Place please v
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March 13, 2019
Episode 15 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mental Health and Family
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 wonderful Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, we had Ovita, a member of RTNT, hosting the show with Toby helping with tech! Today we have two interviews lined up for our listeners. They surround topics of Mental Health and Family. Family and a healthy social environment are crucial to anyone’s recovery and maintenance of a First up we spend time with Hilary Brown, a former foreign and war correspondent for CBC News. After that interview we’ll be hearing from Ryan Tucker, the Executive Director of F.A.M.E. for Families. Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and in British Columbia. Two other provinces have holidays in February: In PEI Islander Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba the 3rd Monday in February is the Louis Riel Day holiday. Family Day was originally created to give people time to spend with their families but it also provides a day off between New Year's Day and Good Friday as they are approximately three months apart. Here is a short list as to why family and supportive circles are important to any individual living with a mental illness:  - Act as informal case managers, encouraging and supporting treatment; identifying and - securing housing; and arranging for income assistance - Provide information on the context of a loved one’s life, to assist professionals in understanding them as a whole person Studies have shown that family involvement in these roles results in significant benefits in:  - Decreased rates of hospitalization and relapse - Enhanced adherence to treatment choices  - Decreased involvement with the criminal justice system  - Increased rates of recovery  - Savings to the mental health and addiction systems This episode originally aired on February 13th, 2019 on CJRU 1280 AM and www.cjru.ca. Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse. RTNT: www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/radiototallynormaltoronto For more information about Progress Place please visit: www.progressplace.org
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February 13, 2019
Episode 14 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Holiday Mental Health and Tea
Happy New Years' to all! Hope everyone had an excellent Holiday season. Radio Totally Normal Toronto is back at it again ready for 2019. This January 9th show was hosted by Toby with Kam and Ryan working tech.   The first part of this show talks about the meaning of National Hot Tea Month. RTNT's Elliada interviewed Carina, a tea enthusiast about history, traditions, culture, benefits and fun facts about tea! A warm, steaming cup of tea is welcome at any time of day especially during the cooler months. Whether as an alternative to coffee in the morning, or as a quiet cap to the end of the day, settling your nerves with Chamomile and Lavender, tea is amazing. We can drink it with lemon, sugar, honey, milk and/or creamer. However we do it, having tea is a great way to celebrate the holidays, mental health and National Tea Month, that can warm our hearts and bodies. In case you missed it in our December show, you will also hear from members of Progress Place who were interviewed about the holidays. Tara, Dan and Julie talked to various members, exploring how they maintain their mental health during the holiday season. ​ This episode originally aired on January 9th, 2019 on CJRU 1280 AM and  www.cjru.ca. Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse. RTNT: www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org/ Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/radiototallynormaltoronto For more information about Progress Place please visit:  www.progressplace.org 
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January 9, 2019
Episode 13 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Holidays and Mental Health
This month’s RTNT show was hosted by Clinton as we discuss the holiday season. First up you will hear Johnny from RTNT interview Megan Kee, the executive director of TwentyTwenty Arts. TwentyTwenty Arts is united by a shared belief that art can influence social change and is a powerful tool for erasing stigma and improving access to care. 20/20 is used to refer to visual acuity and a sharpness and clarity of vision, a sentiment closely aligned with their goals and strategy. From November 19th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019, TwentyTwenty Arts is presenting “Life on the Line,” which is a mental health awareness campaign on the TTC that is raising awareness, visibility and funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto’s (CMHA) Holiday Gift Program. One-hundred posters will be exhibited on the TTC Subway from November 2018 to January 2019. Twenty unique designs are available for sale on the TTC Shop website; 80% of all sales will be donated to the CMHA Toronto’s Holiday Gift Program. CMHA Toronto created the Holiday Gift Program over 60 years ago for people living with mental health issues who are isolated during the holidays. The program buys gifts and necessities that are assembled by hundreds of volunteers and delivered by front-line workers. You will also hear from members of Progress Place who were interviewed about the holidays. Tara, Dan and Julie walked around the clubhouse and talked to various members, exploring how they take care of themselves during the holiday season. This episode originally aired on December 12th, 2018 on CJRU 1280 AM and www.cjru.ca Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse ​RTNT Website www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org For more information about Progress Place please visit: www.progressplace.org
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December 12, 2018
Episode 12 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Movember
This month’s RTNT show was in support of Movember’s movement towards increasing awareness about men’s health. Movember is the annual event involving growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health and suicide prevention. The show featured Frank, a student, and Mitch Hermansen, the Development Director at Movember Canada in separate interviews. First up, Richard, from RTNT, interviewed Frank, a Neuroscience student from the University of Toronto. Frank is involved at Progress Place for a Health and Wellness Initiative as a student placement. Frank discussed neuroscience and the growing awareness in men’s mental health. In the next interview, we heard RTNT’s Bobby interview Mitch Hermansen, the Development Director at Movember Canada who called in via Skype from British Columbia! Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They understand what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. The Movember Foundation continuously challenges the status quo and invests quickly in what works. In 15 years they’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day. Six out of ten suicides are men. Too many are toughing it out and struggling alone. Movember Canada is working towards a world where men and boys take action to be mentally healthy and well, and are supported by their friends, family and community during tough times. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact 911 for immediate help. If you live in Ontario and are thinking about suicide, please call 416-408-HELP. For friends or family who suspect someone who needs suicide prevention please visit ontariosuicidepreventionnetwork.ca or your local emergency services. For those outside Ontario please visit International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Crisis Centres at www.iasp.info This episode originally aired on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 on CJRU 1280AM and cjru.ca. More information about Movember Canada can be found: ca.movember.com/?home Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse RTNT Website: www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org ​ For more information about Progress Place please visit: www.progressplace.org
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November 14, 2018
Episode 11 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: MENTAL HEALTH DAY SPECIAL 1 HOUR SHOW
This month’s episode of RTNT is a one hour special for World Mental Health Day. Vincent and Annie are our hosts while we explore impact on young people and mental health in a changing world. ​In this episode you will also hear from three different Clubhouses across Canada; Progress Place based in Toronto , Montreal’s Donald Berman Up House and Potential Place in Calgary, Alberta. First up, RTNT’s Belke explains what a Clubhouse is and the model it follows. Caitlin, Joey and Cal from Potential Place, a Clubhouse based in Calgary, Alberta, discuss Social Media and Cyber bullying and how it affects our Mental Health. Joey and Caitlin express how social media has impacted their lives and how they manage stress created by social media. You will also hear an interview with James and Christine from Donald Berman Up House, a clubhouse in Montreal. They share their personal story and their experience with suicide. This podcast also explores the Transitional Employment Program (TEP) offered by Clubhouses. Progress Place’s Sana shares her experience while working at Minden Gross law firm. This interview ends with three staff members expressing their experience with the TEP program. Throughout the show you will hear from RTNT’s Bobby, who went to the streets of Toronto and asked various individuals about common myths about Mental Health. For more information about these myths and facts, please visit www.cmha.ca This episode originally aired on October 10th, 2018 on CJRU 1280 AM and www.cjru.ca ​For more information regarding Clubhouse International please visit www.clubhouse-intl.org For more information about Potential Place, please visit: www.potentialplace.org For more information about Donald Berman Up House, please visit: www.uphouse.org To listen to Up House’s radio show please visit: www.radio-up.org If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact 911 for immediate help If you live in Ontario and are thinking about suicide please call 416 408 HELP For those outside Ontario please visit International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Crisis Centres at www.iasp.info.com For more information regarding Cyber Bullying please visit World Federation for Mental Health For more information regarding bullying please visit www.stopbullying.org Radio Totally Normal Toronto is produced by the members and staff of Progress Place Clubhouse RTNT Website www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org For more information about Progress Place please visit: www.progressplace.org
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October 10, 2018
Episode 10 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Supporting Marginalized Women
On this episode of RTNT, Kristi hosts as we explore two agencies that support women. First up you will hear had RTNT’s Saretta interview Patricia O’Connell Sistering's Executive Director, Tina Shapiro the Drop in and Employment Support Coordinator and Karen, a Peer Support Worker from Sistering. Sistering is a multi-service agency supporting women from across Toronto who experience first-hand the impact of marginalization and poverty. They may be homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. They are a diverse group, from 16 to 80-plus years old: women with substance use or mental health issues; sex workers; women who have interactions with the criminal justice system; women who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma and violence; immigrant and refugee women; women with health issues and disabilities; and women. We also hear from RTNT’s Judith who interviewed Harmeet and Kimberly from Up With Women. Up With Women is a registered charity dedicated to helping recently homeless and at-risk women to build sustainable, prosperous careers and businesses with the aim of permanently exiting poverty. Both Harmeet and Kimberly were previous clients of Up With Women and now play a big role in the organization. This episode originally aired on September 12th, 2018 on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca. For more information about Sistering, please visit: sistering.org/. Find Sistering on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sisteringto/ and on Twitter at twitter.com/search?q=sistering&src=typd For more information about Up With Women, please visit: upwithwomen.org/ Find Up With Women on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UpWithWomen.Org and on Twitter at twitter.com/upwithwomen RTNT Website www.radiototallynormaltoronto.org For more information about Progress Place please visit: www.progressplace.org
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September 12, 2018
Episode 9 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) and Furthering Our Community (FOCUS)
On this episode of RTNT, hosted by Julie, we explored mental health and crisis. In this week's episode we interviewed members of the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) and a member of FOCUS Toronto. First up, RTNT's Lou sits down with Constable Paul Regan and his partner, nurse Leona Anthony, from MCIT. We gained great insight about the creation, purpose, and benefit of MCIT. The Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams are collaborative partnerships between participating Toronto area hospitals and the Toronto Police Service (TPS). The program partners a mental health nurse and a specially trained police officer to respond to situations involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Coverage is now available throughout the City of Toronto. Next, we had RTNT's Jerry sit down with Evon Smith of Furthering Our Community by Uniting Services (FOCUS) Toronto to learn about their organization. FOCUS Toronto is an innovative Community Safety and Well-Being Initiative led by the City of Toronto, United Way Toronto and Toronto Police Service that aims to reduce crime, victimization and improve community resiliency and well-being. This episode originally aired on July 11, 2018 on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca. More information about the Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams can be found: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/community/mcit.php More information about FOCUS Toronto can be found: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/public-safety-alerts/community-safety-programs/focus-toronto/ Songs used can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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July 11, 2018
Episode 8 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: The Toronto Writer's Collective: Expressive Writing and Mental Health
On this episode of RTNT, Jerry hosts as we dive deep into The Toronto Writers Collective. The TWC was founded in 2012 to encourage voice and illuminate undiscovered strength in Toronto’s most vulnerable communities.  First up, RTNT’s Julie sits down with Erdine Hope, a TWC Facilitator to gain insight into the inner workings of the workshops. Next, Luis speaks with Roberta Taylor, a longtime member and a newly trained facilitator. Roberta also shares a few wonderful pieces she has created through participating in the TWC workshops, with a bit of sound design by the RTNT team. Our final interview is with Dr. Kelly McShane, a professor and researcher from Ryerson University. Emily and Dr. McShane explore the role of measuring the effectiveness of community based mental health programs. As always, immense thanks to our guests and everyone who helped us put together this episode. This episode originally aired on June 13 2018 on CJRU 1280AM and cjru.ca Find the Toronto Writer's Collective on Facebook and Twitter Music on this episode is by Broke for Free Sounds used can be found on freesound.org - freesound.org/people/haldigital97/sounds/241824/ - freesound.org/people/videog/sounds/149190/ - freesound.org/people/listeningto…les/sounds/323048/ - freesound.org/people/mario1298/sounds/181255/
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June 13, 2018
Episode 7 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Hip Hop Youth and Mental Health
Radio Totally Normal Toronto sat down with Mahad and Adrian from Unity Charity to talk about youth, hip hop and mental health. Unity helps youth to flourish using a variety of programs designed to empower youth. This episode originally aired on May 9th 2018 on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca
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May 9, 2018
Episode 6 RTNT LIVE on CJRU: Healthy Food and Mental Health
FoodShare is a non-profit organization that works with communities and schools to deliver healthy food and food education. FoodShare's Executive Director Paul Taylor joins Jerry Gluckowsky to discuss food justice and the implications on one's mental health. Rae hosts this episode, which originally aired on March 14th on CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca. At first glance, healthy food and mental health might not have clear links. But while researching and recording our Mental Health and Money episode, the cost of food became a topic of conversation for the RTNT crew. As well, Jerry, who interviewed Paul Taylor, had picked up a Good Food box at St. James Church. All of this led us to FoodShare and a deeper understanding of food insecurity here in Toronto. If you are not sure what food insecurity is, check out this month's episode and the helpful  infographic below.
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March 14, 2018
Episode 5 RTNT LIVE on CRJU: Mental Health, Youth and Homelessness: A Conversation with Yonge Street Mission's Jesse Sudirgo
Since October 2017, Radio Totally Normal has expanded to have a live radio show on Ryerson University's CJRU 1280 AM and cjru.ca. 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. Jerry from RTNT sat down with Jesse Sudirgo, Director of Street Involved Services, to discuss mental health, homelessness, and youth. Hosting the show is RTNT member Chris but, as alway, this episode was made possible by a large number of members and staff of Progress Place.   We love this episode and we hope you enjoy it too!
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February 14, 2018
Episode 4 RTNT LIVE on CRJU: Circus Arts and Mental Health
On today's episode of RTNT we jump into CIRCUS!! And how it relates to mental health, of course. RTNT member Julie speaks with Rachel, Izzy and Dai (pictured above) about Social Circus Circle or SoCirc, for short.  SoCirc is a Toronto based non-profit organization, that uses circus to provide social development and support through the physical activity and creativity of circus arts, for young people living on the margins, 14-29 years old. Social Circus is a concept that uses circus arts as a tool for social change. The reason we at RTNT hooked onto this topic in the first place is because RTNT member Gaetan is a circus performer and began his practice through a social circus program located in Montreal, Quebec, called Cirque Hors Piste. He shares some of his experiences throughout the episode as well, and he put together a list of youtube videos that demonstrate various circus arts in today's episode. Click on the photos ion the slideshow below to see the videos he chose. Enjoy!
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September 13, 2017
Episode 3 RTNT LIVE on CRJU: Mental Health and Money
Inspired by the idea of red tape, Radio Totally Normal Toronto brings you an episode about money and mental health. Living with a mental illness sometimes means having a reliable and sufficient income can be challenging. In this episode, we'll be talking about social assistance, health, poverty and stigma. It's an eye opener.  Our guests are: (4:28) John Stapleton, a writer and instructor who worked in the areas of social assistance policy and operations.    (23.20) Songs in the Key of Social Assistance: A Parody written by Gaetan Genesse, with additional voice work by Belke Fray (25.03) Rick Miller, a photographer and filmmaker who speaks to us about his experiences with mental illness, social assistance and advocacy (37.45) Bobby Giles and Joel Klassen from Yonge Street Mission's Friends Helping People End poverty, who speak to us about the Basic Income Pilot Project  Music in this episode: Scott Holmes: we used Big Apple and Inspiring Corporate Podington Bear: Little Black Cloud, Vanagon, Trundle, Ideas, Sunbeam, Skeptic, Down and Around, We Make A Good Time Jason Shaw: Acoustic Meditation David Szesztay: Waiting Dave Depper: Acoustic 1, Marimba Motivation Gaetan Genesse: Acoustic Composition
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May 10, 2017
Episode 2 RTNT LIVE on CRJU: Creativity and Mental Health Part 1
The RTNT crew is so happy to bring you our second episode. A little late, but better late than never, right? This episode explores comedy and theatre as ways of exploring and understanding what it means to live with mental illness.  (3mo4), (11m13) Our first two interviews are with Bart Campbell and Michael Arnold  from Laughing Like Crazy, a peer support program that comes out of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, in partnership with STAR Learning at St. Michael's Hospital, here in Toronto. A few RTNT'ers took in their last performance in December 2016, so we can tell you that the jokes coming out of Laughing Like Crazy left us (ahem) laughing like crazy :) (18m00) Also in this show, Grant Ellis, a spoken word artist and Progress Place member, shares a piece about his life in Toronto entitled Justify. It's a beautiful piece and we're sure you will agree, what.a.voice. (19m05) Rounding out the show, we have an interview with Toronto writer, performer, and speaker Laurel Brady. We discussed the links between mental health and performance, and specifically her one woman show Surfacing. ​You can find out more about Laurel by visiting her website.  Bookending our show, we have some jokes from Progress Place members. We hope they give you a giggle. Music in today's show is Instrumental #2 Revisited by Gillicuddy. Find more work by this artist here. Thank you to all of our guests and contributors, as well as to the whole Progress Place community for their ideas and support. ​Enjoy the episode!
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March 8, 2017
Episode 1 RTNT LIVE on CRJU: Origin Story
The RTNT team proudly presents Episode 1 of our new podcast. You'll find discussion about mental health, music and an audio tour of Progress Place. We hope you love it as much as we loved making it! ​Segment 1:  Music in this episode is by The Wooden Sky Elevator Boy Podington Bear Broke for Free Keith Holmes
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January 5, 2017
Episode 0 RTNT LIVE on CRJU: Talk About It!
We are so happy to showcase a preview of our brand new podcast, Radio Totally Normal Toronto (RTNT). Our first complete episode will be available in January but just to whet your appetite here is a piece created to celebrate the 2016 Flashmob to stomp out stigma! The flash mob took place on October 6th, 2016 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. If you would like to see a video, check it outhere
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December 1, 2016