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Head Forward Podcast

We’re excited to bring you our podcast series, Head Forward. In each episode, we explore issues affecting mental health and well-being through conversation with experts. You’ll get access to insight and practical strategies addressing the challenges we face.

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Episode 21 – Managing Diabetes: What Our Ancestors Have to Teach Us about Our Health

Diabetes is a family disease. Managing it effectively works when the whole family is engaged in learning why this disease was not epidemic to our ancestors. Certified Diabetes Educator, Devon Guy, shares how members of the Tsuut’ina Nation, southwest of Calgary, Alberta, are addressing this chronic condition. What she’s learned has potential implications for all Canadians.

Episode 20 – The Value of Disability Management in the Workplace

Effective management of mental health issues and chronic conditions can bring benefits to the workplace. Judy Plotkin, a certified trauma counsellor and the Vice President of Strategy and Growth at ReedGroup Canada, explains how bridging the gap between the business world and social work uncovers the value of accommodating disabilities at work.

Episode 19 – Making Sure You’re Covered: The Importance of Disability Insurance

Many people don’t think or care about disability coverage until they need it. Insurance broker Dave Patriarche outlines how employees and employers can protect themselves.

Episode 18 – A Global Perspective: Not All Health Insurance is Created Equal

Denis Garand knows medical coverage varies widely and wildly across the globe as he’s consulted and advised insurance regulators in more than 30 countries. He shares his understanding of the global landscape of health insurance and how Canada’s measures up.

Episode 17 – Building a Career by Serving the Community

Public service is at the heart of everything Dr. Charles Jago does. From starting the Northern Medical Program to being President at University of Northern British Columbia, he’s kept community as his focus throughout. He shares how and why.

Episode 16 – Cultivating Emotional Intelligence on the Job

Everything is emotional – even on the job. Leadership development specialist David Cory explains why all issues organizations face stem from emotions, and how to cultivate emotional intelligence (or “emotional quotient” – EQ) to address them.

Episode 15 – Coping When Grief Shows Up at Work

Feelings of loss can come up while you’re working at your desk, in a staff meeting or during your commute. Hospice Yukon’s Anne Macaire shares how workplaces are impacted by grief and how mourning can be facilitated.

Episode 14 – Managing Life with a Chronic Condition

Chronic conditions impact people both physically and mentally. The majority of Canadians are affected by a chronic health condition, either personally or indirectly. With his focus on inflammatory arthritis, Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy helps his patients navigate life with long-term ailments. He shares how to manage while living (and working) with a serious condition.

Episode 13 – Productivity Down? Smartphones and Emails Aren’t the Enemy

What we know about productivity (or we think we know) hasn’t kept up with technology on the job. Workplace coach, Hugh Culver outlines how people can embrace new ways to boost productivity.

Episode 12 – Have a ​L​augh! ​How Humour Helps Build a Positive and Productive Workplace

Fostering humour in the workplace can build trust, creativity and productivity and even lower employee turnover rate. Workplace consultant and author of the The Humor Advantage, Michael Kerr explains how having a laugh can impact all aspects of a business.

Episode 11 – How to Thrive on Earth – Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk Discusses Resiliency

Space travel has made Dr. Robert Thirsk well equipped for life here on planet​ Earth. The seasoned astronaut, physician, mechanical engineer and University of Calgary chancellor explains how he’s built his career through resiliency and self-management.

Episode 10 – Human Resources – A Necessity, Not Luxury for Business Success

Businesses are made up of people and managing them well is essential for success. Terri Harrison, co-founder of tap Strategy and HR Consulting explains how a business – no matter how small or new – can plan for their people.

Episode 09 – Beyond the Stereotypes – The Power of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are not just a teenage phase. They can impact anyone, and at any age. Dr. Joan Johnston, a Canadian physician specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, shares the complexities of this illness and how recovery is possible.

Episode 08 – Life and Work – Experience in Resiliency

Bouncing back after personal or professional hardship can be challenging. Canadian Senator Scott Tannas shares how to cultivate resiliency, from his experience facing the devastation of his home, business and community by a massive flood in 2013.

Episode 07 – The Cost of Doing Nothing about Mental Health in the Workplace

The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mike Pietrus discusses the price employers and employees pay when mental health at work is ignored.

Episode 06 – Caring for the Caregiver

28% of Canadians provide unpaid care to a family member or loved one. This support can have significant physical, mental and emotional impact on the caregiver. Audrey Miller from Elder Caring Inc. shares care for the caregiver options.

Episode 05 – Addicted Teens – How Adolescent Brains Are Hijacked

Recent Canadian surveys indicate that as many as 1 in 6 teenagers between grades 7 and 12 are using prescription drugs for non-medicinal purposes. In our fifth episode, Addicted Teens – How Adolescent Brains Are Hijacked, we speak with Dr. Jackie Smith of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre.

Addicted Teens - How Adolescent Brains Are Hijacked

Episode 04 – Role Reversal – Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for an aging loved one is a very real possibility for all of us, as more than 1 in every 6 Canadians is now 64 or older. Audrey Miller from Elder Caring Inc. shares her expertise on how to help parents transition when more assistance is needed.

Episode 03 – Healthy Employers Create Healthy Workplaces

It’s nearly impossible to have a healthy workplace if the boss doesn’t encourage it. Benefits by Design (BBD)’s Mike McClenahan, knows firsthand the importance of becoming a healthy employer and he shares what he’s learned.

Episode 02 – Preventing Suicide – The Right Questions to Ask

The hard but necessary questions to ask when a loved one has thoughts of suicide. Mara Grunau and Robert Olsen of The Centre for Suicide Prevention get frank about what words and services can truly help.

Episode 01 – Workplace Wellness – It’s More Than You Think

The health of a business and its people is about much more than installing a staff room foosball table or paying for employee gym memberships. Leading workplace health and safety consultant Dr. Graham Lowe explains.

It’s Your Life – Keep Talking

Every year, 1 in 5 Canadians faces an issue affecting mental health and well-being. Stigma keeps most from actively seeking treatment. Neighbours, co-workers, friends, parents, young adults—men and women alike—are impacted.

Arete has collaborated with CTV Two to air a series of videos featuring everyday Canadians who have faced and met the challenge of mental wellness issues. Watch them here or on our new YouTube channel.

Sincere thanks to all the participants who fearlessly share their experiences in these short videos. Our gratitude extends to the researchers, mental health experts and educators who help drive home the point: looking after our mental health is essential.

We have one life to enjoy—if something is affecting your state of mind and life, or that of a friend or loved one, start the conversation and keep talking.

Episode 6 – Living with a Chronic Condition

Episode 5 – Eating Disorders

Episode 4 – Stress and the Workplace

Episode 3 – Struggling with Depression

Episode 2 – Suicide Survivor Loss

Episode 1 – Recovering from Addiction

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The Arive® program supports employees/members and their families through a self-referral counselling process. Whenever personal problems, work-related stresses, issues affecting mental health or financial and legal dilemmas affect a person’s well-being and performance on the job, individuals covered through Arive have a place to turn for professional guidance.


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