The From Where We Stand: Conversations on Race and Mental Health podcast highlights the experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities and their impact on mental health. Launched by the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund, each episode features conversations with guests from different ethnocultural communities in Canada as they share personal stories, the unique barriers they navigate on their wellness journey and the importance of finding culturally affirmative mental health care. So if you want to understand the mental health reality of BIPOC community members, whether you have experienced mental illness or not, there will be something to relate to in each episode.

Hosted by iHeartRadio’s CHUM 104.5 Morning Show Co-Host Jamar McNeil, Your Morning’s Anne-Marie Mediwake and the late comedian and broadcaster Candy Palmater, each episode will be a safe space to unpack sensitive issues like intergenerational trauma and residential schools, anti-Black racism, first vs second-generation immigrant struggles, men’s mental health among many others. They also explore the similarities and differences between experiences lived by the various BIPOC communities, making such conversations a more inclusive space. The podcast also brings in BIPOC mental health professionals so we better understand the impact of these intersecting life experiences on mental health and the support available. From Where We Stand: Conversations on Race and Mental Health is an Original Bell Let’s Talk podcast produced by iHeartRadio. In February 2022, the podcast was awarded Bronze for Best Diversity, Equity and Inclusion podcast at the inaugural Anthem Awards.

Tribute to Candy Palmater

Friday, January 21, 2022

On December 25th, 2021, beloved co-host of this podcast series, Candy Palmater, tragically passed away. Hosts Jamar McNeil and Anne-Marie Mediwake along with the producers of the show came together one last time to share some of their fondest memories of Candy.

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Episode 6: BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ Mental Health

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The final episode shines the spotlight on the mental health of the LGBTQ2S+ community. To help better understand some of the community’s experiences, three guests share their journey and insights on this episode along with queer identified psychotherapist, Tenniel Brown, who joins to talk about the mental health impacts of experiencing multiple forms of marginalization and what we need to do to be better allies to the community.

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Episode 5: Intergenerational Trauma

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Residential school survivors, former First Nations Chief Edmund Metatawabin and Roberta Hill give first-hand accounts of the abuse and trauma they endured when attending residential schools. Children and grand-children of survivors, Janet Head and author David Robertson, share the lasting impacts on their lives and community. Cree family physician, Dr. James Makokis, also gives an understanding of what intergenerational trauma looks like and shares resources on how healing can take place.

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Episode 4: Foster Care and Mental Health

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Being a foster child comes with its own set of challenges including stigma, lack of resources, navigating placements with different foster families and the impact on mental health including post-traumatic stress disorder, panic, anxiety disorders, major depression and drug/alcohol abuse. In episode 4, we connect with 3 individuals who navigated the child welfare system and they openly share how their mental health was impacted as a result of their experiences.

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Episode 3: Men and Mental Health

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Episode 3 looks at the unique barriers men within the BIPOC community may face when it comes to taking care of their mental health. Guests include 20-year old student Shemar Barnett and PhD candidate and mental health advocate, Varun Joshi. Counsellor Khan Bouba-Dalambaye shares his insights into how the idea of resilience and strength in BIPOC communities can sometimes be a trap and a barrier to accessing help.

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Episode 2: Islamophobia and Mental Health

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

In episode 2 we speak with author & mental health advocate Shaimaa Kraba, and the editor-in-chief of Muslim Link, Chelby Daigle, as they share what its like to experience Islamophobia first hand and the toll of these lives experiences on their mental health. You’ll also hear from psychotherapist, Zainib Abdullah, who gives us some context into understanding these traumas and shares resources that listeners can access.

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Episode 1: Making Our Way Home

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

In this episode we hear from immigrants as they share their experiences and the toll it took on their mental health as they dealt with all this and more while making Canada home.

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From Where We Stand: Conversations on Race and Mental Health

Friday, October 1, 2021

This podcast highlights the experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities and the impact of race and racism on mental health. Listen to the preview and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

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