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Introducing Living Well by Mark Henick

Join internationally recognized mental health advocate and top TEDx speaker Mark Henick as he explores the many ways in which our mental health and wellness has been impacted by this new normal. Each week, Mark is joined by a range of experts, notable personalities, and fascinating figures. Together, they have authentic conversations about the physical, mental, and social aspects of living well.

This week's podcast

Safety and Support at Work - Ft. Chester Elton, Andrew Faas, and Paul Gionfriddo

What do people really need from their work and their leaders in order to cultivate a supportive workplace? Mark discusses with Chester Elton, one of the world’s top leadership and organizational culture experts. Mark is also joined by Andrew Faas, an expert in organizational dynamics and bullying, and Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America to consider these questions in light of MHA’s 2021 Mind the Workplace report.

Previous episodes

The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home - ft. Duncan So and Paula Allen

With far more people working from home than ever before, the boundaries between our lives and jobs has been blurred for some time. Mark is joined by Paula Allen (Morneau Shepell) and Duncan So (The Burnout Clinic) to explore how this no-longer-new dynamic has drained our energy and increased risk of burnout.

Living Well in Retirement - ft. Pattie Lovett-Reid, and Bill VanGorder, with Bruce Sellery

One year ago, our lives and futures were thrown into uncertainty. This was especially the case for those who were planning retirement. As with past market crashes, some locked in their losses and suffered severely. Others cashed in on the valley, using it as an opportunity for future financial freedom. Mark speaks with Pattie Lovett-Reid (CTV News) and Bill VanGorder (CARP) about how retirement plans have been impacted, and how that intersects with our efforts to live well.

Caring about Long Term Care - ft. Andre Picard, Dr. Brian Goldman, and Donna Duncan

Few sectors have been hit harder by COVID-19 than Long-Term Care. Veteran health columnist Andre Picard - author of Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada's Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic - joins Mark to talk about how residents and their families have been impacted. Dr. Brian Goldman returns to discuss how best to help people living in LTC. Donna Duncan draws attention to the trauma that staff of LTC homes have endured, the legislation governing them, and what needs to happen next.

Advocating for change - ft. Steve Lurie, Ben Miller, Stéphane Grenier

Mental health advocacy in many ways has entered the mainstream, with countless people now identifying as mental health advocates. Steve Lurie joins Mark for an historical perspective on advocacy, speaking from his 40+ years on the frontlines of the movement. Ben Miller provides insight on mental health advocacy from a US policy perspective, andwe check in with Stephane Grenier to highlight the role of peers in supporting self-advocacy. Today’s interviews were recorded on Bell Let’s Talk day for Mental Health Live.

Breaking the silence on #BellLetsTalk - ft. Mary Deacon, Simon Blake, Dr. Christina Iglesia

On this Bell Let’s Talk day episode, Mark catches up with Mary Deacon – Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative for Bell Canada. Fitting for a national initiative with a global reach, Simon Blake joins the conversation from England, and Dr. Christina Iglesia from the US, to explore how stigma impacts people’s lives. #BellLetsTalk

Staying well while reporting on strife - ft. Avis Favaro and Crystal Goomansingh

Journalists have found themselves on the frontlines of trauma and crisis time and again. For today’s guests, COVID-19 isn’t the first and won’t be the last. So how do they manage? Mark talks with Canada’s longest serving medical correspondent, Avis Favaro of CTV National News. Crystal Goomansingh, Europe Bureau Chief for Global National, joins with her reflections on how they stories they tell impact journalists personally.

Songs of Comfort: Music and mental health - ft. Dr. Joy Allen and Dr. Santa Ono

Last spring, many musicians and other performers had not only their livelihoods ripped away, but also their ability to express their art. Many found new ways to connect with audiences, and listeners flocked to the comfort of their creations. Why does music provide so much for both the creator and the listener? Mark explores with music therapist Dr. Joy Allen. UBC president Dr. Santa Ono returns to talk about his passion for cello and sharing songs of comfort.

Trauma on the Frontline: How the pandemic is impacting healthcare workers - ft. Dr. Jessi Gold and Dr. Brian Goldman

Few people have experienced the trauma of the last year more acutely than healthcare workers on the frontlines. Dr. Jessi Gold is a psychiatrist who treats healthcare providers. She joins Mark to talk about the mental toll of working on healthcare’s frontline. Then, Mark speaks with popular radio host and emergency room physician Dr. Brian Goldman about what he’s been seeing on the ground.

A Click Away: Making digital healthcare accessible - ft. Jacques Goulet and Cherif Habib

Mark talks with Cherif Habib from Dialogue Technologies and Jacques Goulet from Sun Life Canada about how the tech sector responded so quickly to making healthcare services more accessible to people in the pandemic. They consider the rapid pace of change, the development of the Lumino Health platform, and how digital health landscape has changed so dramatically.

The Resilient Arts - ft. Jeff King and Suzi Kory

Jeff King joins Mark to talk about what the music industry is doing to support artists during this uncertain time. Then musician Suzi Kory joins from the road to talk about making it as a working musician, and using this time as a creative reset.

Life and Leadership: A Juggling Act - ft. Rhiannon Rosalind

Mark catches up with Rhiannon Rosalind, President and CEO of the Economic Club of Canada. They touch on how corporate environments can better support mental health and well-being, and how she manages both being a mother and an influential corporate leader, all while working from home.

Minds on our Money - ft. Bruce Sellery and Pattie Lovett-Reid

Mark kicks off Season 2 of the Living Well podcast for Morneau Shepell by chatting with Bruce Sellery about financial well-being, and how our spending is changing in this challenging time. Mark also touches base with CTV’s Chief Financial Commentator, Pattie Lovett-Reid, on how the markets are impacting people personally.

Season 1 - Episodes