From Where We Stand: Conversations on race and mental health

From Where We Stand: Conversations on race and mental health

This 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 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.


January 21, 2022 26 mins

On December 25th ’21, we lost one of our beloved hosts of this podcast, as Candy Palmater passed away. We’ve come together one more time with hosts Jamar McNeil and Anne-Marie Mediwake as they, along with the producers of this show, share some of their fondest memories of Candy.

We will miss Candy’s powerful insights, funny stories and unique perspectives on so many important issues but especially on matters affecting Canada’s Indi...

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In our final episode, we are shining the spotlight on the mental health of the BIPOC LGBTQ+ community. According to Rainbow Health Ontario, LGBTQ2S+ people experience stigma and discrimination, and this stigma can have a variety of negative consequences throughout the life span. Large Canadian studies indicate that LGBTQ2S+ people are more likely than heterosexuals to report unmet mental health needs and were more likel...

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November 3, 2021 125 mins

Canada’s Indian residential school system opened in the 1800s but the legacy of those schools is evident even today showing up in high poverty rates, over-representation of Indigenous children in foster care, a disproportionate number of Indigenous people in the prison system and hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women. And echoing what the community has been saying for a long time, since May of this year, more than 1,300...

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October 27, 2021 76 mins

According to a report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, more than half of children under the age of 15 in foster care in Canada, are Indigenous. Being a foster child, and especially a racialized 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 diso...

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October 20, 2021 60 mins

Men within the BIPOC community face unique barriers when it comes to taking care of their mental health. Whether it’s cultural stigma or orthodox definitions of masculinity, men have historically shied away from seeking help for their mental health but experiences with racism, micro-aggressions and police brutality are just some of the factors impacting BIPOC men. For example, Indigenous men have a suicide rate that is double that ...

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October 13, 2021 66 mins

Hate crimes have been on the rise across Canada, with a 9% increase in anti-Muslim attacks in 2019 compared to the previous year. And with Muslim women, especially visibly Muslim women, being the target of hate, violence and discrimination, we are looking at the impacts of these traumas on the Muslim community’s mental health. In this episode we speak with author & mental health advocate Shaimaa Kraba, as she recounts being bul...

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October 6, 2021 75 mins

Canada recently announced that it planned to welcome a little more than 400 thousand immigrants in 2021 to become permanent residents. But if you are racially marginalized, what is it like to start a new life in a new country? What are some of the barriers to navigate especially when it comes to taking care of mental health? In this episode you’ll hear from Arzoo Multani, a young South-Asian woman who had to deal with the racism, f...

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