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The Shine Cast
University of Guelph, Wellness Education & Promotion Centre
A podcast where we’re opening up conversations around mental health, mental illness, how we cope and how we thrive.
Mar 24, 2022
Episode 15: Chelsea - The Scarcity Mindset
Our guest this episode is Dr. Chelsea Larsson, a newly minted PHD in Scottish History, who’s also a Writing Specialist with the U of G Library. Chelsea shares what she’s learned about finding balance between academic and work pursuits and her self-care. Her tips? Work in environments that respect your boundaries, find the things that nourish you, and frame every act of self-care as an anti-capitalist, feminist movement. And of course, also visit Learning Services in the Library.
Mar 10, 2022
Episode 14: Farqd - Setting Boundaries
In our second episode of season 3, Marco and Jordie are joined by Farqd, an upper year UoG Wildlife Biology and Conservation student. Over the course of the episode, Farqd takes us through her journey of navigating life and balancing expectations as a young person, a university student, and a daughter. She explains her transition to campus life, molded together with internal battles encompassing identity conflicts, faith, and family dynamics. In an attempt to provide insight into her personal mental health journey, Farqd takes us through a timeline that began with a hesitant and nervous young person that later evolved into someone with the ability to reflect on their experience while learning how to avoid negative self talk, self-blame, and get professional help. Trigger warning: Suicide and self-harm *If you'd like to skip this section around suicidal ideation, we recommend skipping 36:00 to 49:05 min. There will be 3 beeps at 36:00 to prompt you.
1 hr 3 min
Feb 24, 2022
Episode 13: Bella - Black and White Thinking
In our first episode of Season 3, Jordie and our new co-host Marco sat down with Bella Mangiapane, a 3rd year U of G student studying Agricultural Science with a minor in Business. Bella gets the conversation started with a struggle that all university students can relate to (especially now) - making social connections. From there Bella shares her story about her on-going mental health journey, and how an unrelated trip to the ER helped Bella to break down her own mental health stigma and begin to get help for what would later be diagnosed as anxiety and manic depression. Join us to hear how Bella has learned to manage her “black and white thinking” and how she has helped her family to learn more about mental health and break down their stigma. Trigger Warning for mention of non-suicidal self-injury
Dec 2, 2021
Episode 12: Wing - Intangible Illnesses, Tangible Trauma
In the final episode of season 2, we hear from Wing Tse, a University of Guelph student pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Studio Art. In addition to this, he has served in the armed forces and is currently a firefighter. Wing describes his tough upbringing and recalls his struggle with mental health beginning at a very early age - a time where he had limited access to resources and support. He reflects on finally accepting his identity and background, now seeing his story as a chance to be resilient and to extend unspoken empathy. Listen as Wing provides insight into the stigma tainted perception of mental health in male dominated environments, the value of self-development according to a personal definition of what it means to be healthy, and the importance of “prevention and protection rather than isolation and avoidance”.
Nov 18, 2021
Episode 11: Kim - The Ups and Downs of BP
In the penultimate episode of season 2, we talk to Kim Barton, a University of Guelph student, working towards a Masters in the Family Relations and Human Development program. She dives into her mental health journey by sharing the details of her day-to-day struggles which negatively affected various aspects of her life from childhood through to university. Kim goes on to talk about the long process that was her diagnosis, including how being treated for depression and anxiety actually worsened her symptoms. It was later realized that Kim was suffering from Bipolar-2 Disorder, which had a very different treatment plan. Kim brings to light her path to recovery, and the stigmatization she experienced regarding Bipolar Disorder.
Nov 4, 2021
Episode 10: Matt - Learning and Discovery Moments
In this episode we talk with Prof. Matt Demers, an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Guelph, and streams on Twitch connecting with old friends and students. Matt explains his journey transitioning from high school to university, from his undergrad to his masters, and finally his PhD and professorship. He explores what has helped him through all those changes and the joy he has always had for teaching. He describes his experience with impostor syndrome, social comparison, and managing failure. Through detailing his journey and describing what he did to manage his mental health, Matt shows how experiences of failure are exactly when we learn the most – those are the life changing moments.
Oct 21, 2021
Episode 9: Maryam - The Journey is the Reward
In this episode, we chat with Maryam Maamoun, a University of Guelph student pursuing her Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Microbiology. Beyond her academic focus as a student, she continues to wear multiple hats on campus through her work as a volunteer and as a field hockey player. We hear about Maryam’s experiences with performance over-analyzation leading to anxiety as a goalie, the importance of having a sleep related routine, and some advice she has for all students. Listen to Maryam delve into her journey as an undergraduate juggling a busy schedule and as she opens up about learning to accept the way she’s feeling, even if it isn't “100% awesome and super fantastic” all the time.
Oct 7, 2021
Episode 8: Victoria - Failure: A Prerequisite for Success
In the second episode of the season, we talk to Victoria Fritz, U of G staff* as well as a PhD candidate in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph. Victoria’s PhD is focused on researching and understanding student’s experiences of academic failure. She tells us about her experience as an undergrad and how her original post-grad plans did not work out the way she thought they would have. We hear about how Victoria managed her emotions throughout her undergrad and learned that it’s okay to be unsure of yourself along the way. Victoria now has a position with the University of Guelph, helping students manage their emotions and reactions to academic failure. She explains how students should avoid comparison with others and stay on their own path. *This episode was recorded when Victoria was working as a Learning Specialist in the U of G Library. Victoria is now working for Student Wellness Services as the new Mental Well-Being Facilitator.
Sep 23, 2021
Episode 7: Kailyn - Trusting My Body, Trusting Myself
In this episode, we sat down with Kailyn Brewer, a University of Guelph Student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Family and Child Studies. Kailyn’s mental health journey began at a very young age, and like with most mental health stories, her healing is far from linear. We hear about her experience with coping during times when everything felt out of her control, her struggle to obtain therapy and a diagnosis, and her inspiring path to self-advocacy. Listen to Kailyn share her story with raw honesty as she details the peaks and valleys she has faced with anxiety and depression, and how she achieved facing her mental health on her own terms.
Apr 8, 2021
Episode 6: Sarah - A Member of the Family
In our Season 1 finale, we’re talking with Sarah, a clinical counsellor (aka a veterinary social worker) with the Ontario Veterinary College. Sarah shares what exactly ‘veterinary social work’ is and why it’s so important to the field of veterinary medicine. We also discuss what it’s like to deal with grief, how pets truly become members of the family, how to deal with imposter syndrome in such a small profession, and of course share personal stories around mental health. We'll be back for Season 2 of The Shine Cast in September 2021! * Disclaimer:* This podcast is provided for informational and educational purposes only and should not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a local medical professional or healthcare provider if you’re seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. If you are a student at the University of Guelph, dialing 519 824 4120 ext. 52131 will put you in contact with our health services team. There is urgent counselling available as well as mental health navigators and coordinators to support you further. If you require immediate assistance, call your local emergency number or Good2Talk Mental Health Crisis line by dialing 1 866 925 5454
Mar 25, 2021
Episode 5: Sonia - Helping Myself to Help Others
This episode we’re chatting with Sonia, an undergrad student at the University of Guelph. Sonia is double majoring in Biology and Psychology with the hope of pursuing a career in the mental health field. Sonia’s interest in mental health stems from her own experiences following major surgery to treat scoliosis in high school. Since then, Sonia has learned a lot about her own mental health and how to help others. This episode we also learn about Jack.Org, a great organization which helped Sonia along her journey. You can learn more about Jack.Org by visiting their website or finding your local chapter. *Episode Resources for U of G Students:* Jack.Org / Jack.Org Guelph Chapter * Disclaimer:* This podcast is provided for informational and educational purposes only and should not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a local medical professional or healthcare provider if you’re seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. If you are a student at the Unive…
Mar 11, 2021
Episode 4: Jaime - Admitting I Deserve Help
This episode we’re chatting with Jaime, a student currently doing two degrees as a University of Guelph Business student, as well as studying Astrophysics at Western University. Jaime shares with us her story of living with her multiple diagnoses of anxiety, depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Jaime walks us through some common misconceptions about OCD, what her experience has been like, and how she has found ways to adapt and thrive. Jaime also talks about her experience speaking on last fall’s Mental Health Panel, part of the University of Guelph’s SHINE Mental Well-Being Week! Our next Mental Health Panel is coming up on Wednesday, March 17th at 5:30pm, so please join us to hear more stories like Jamie’s! Register at: uoguel.ph/mhpw21 *This week's episode also includes a giveaway! Listen to the very end of the episode for full details!* *Episode Resources for U of G Students:* University of Guelph Counselling Services Crisis Text Line powered by Kid's Help Pho…
Feb 25, 2021
Episode 3: Brooke & Darian - Athletes Without Sports
This episode we’re talking with two University of Guelph undergrads: Brooke and Darian. Brooke and Darian are both student athletes and co-leads of UofG’s SAMHI (Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative). We hear what it’s been like transitioning from high school, to university, to pandemic life and how that’s affected their sports, schooling, and of course mental health. This episode we hear about several helpful UofG resources, including SAMHI, the Student Support Network, and the Indigenous Student Centre. *Episode Resources for U of Guelph Students: *Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative Instagram: @samhigryphonct Indigenous Student Centre: https://www.uoguelph.ca/studentexperience/isc Student Support Network: https://wellness.uoguelph.ca/ssn *Disclaimer:* This podcast is provided for informational and educational purposes only and should not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a local medical professional or healthcare provider if you’re seek…
Feb 11, 2021
Episode 2: Cayden - Coming Out Saved My Life
This episode we’re chatting with Cayden, a University of Guelph alumni now pursuing a degree in Behavioral Psychology. Cayden has lived through more than most, experiencing the struggles of chronic physical illness as well as gender dysphoria. Now he is an out and proud trans man looking to help others battling mental illness. Listen to Cayden describe his journey of mental and physical illness and how coming out helped save his life. *Correction Note*: At the top of the episode, we say that Cayden works not anti-data laundering, but in reality Cayden works in anti-money laundering! What even is anti-data?! *Disclaimer:* This podcast is provided for informational and educational purposes only and should not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a local medical professional or healthcare provider if you’re seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. If you are a student at the University of Guelph, dialing 519 824 4120 ext. 52131 will put you in contact…
Jan 28, 2021
Episode 1: Katie - The Evil Part of Your Brain
This episode we’re talking with Katie McLean, a University of Guelph staff member and alumni currently pursuing a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. As the current Coordinator, Neighbourhood Relations and Off-Campus Living at the University of Guelph, Katie is accustomed to helping people through challenging situations. But even those in a helping role sometimes need a bit of help themselves. Listen to Katie share her story of living with anxiety, and how accepting her condition helped free herself from its restraints. Resources from the episode: Katie's website, Anxious and Alive - https://www.anxiousandalive.com/ *Disclaimer:* This podcast is provided for informational and educational purposes only and should not substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a local medical professional or healthcare provider if you’re seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. If you are a student at the University of Guelph, dialing 519 824 4120 ext. 52131 will put…
Jan 12, 2021
Episode 0 - Trailer
Hello, and welcome to The Shine Cast! This is a podcast where we’re having conversations with students, staff, and faculty at the University of Guelph around mental health, mental illness, how we cope and how we thrive throughout our journeys. Our first season consists of 6 episodes, with each episode featuring guests who will be talking about their experiences with anxiety, depression, OCD, body dysmorphia, gender dysphoria, imposter syndrome, and more! Listen in to learn more about what living through those experiences is like, and the things that have helped them to cope and thrive. Check out our trailer episode to get an idea of how those conversations go. Our first full episode will be released on Thursday, January 28th, with new episodes every other week!