May 6, 2022

Episode 41: Empathy

Content warning: This episode discusses an abusive relationship and mentions assault. 

It's CMHA's Mental Health Week this week, and the theme this year is empathy. So, hosts Beki & Olivia thought it would be fitting to record an episode on the topic!

You'll hear them discuss what empathy really is, why there's a bit of an anti-empathy movement, and what empathy misses are. 

In this episode hosts, Beki and Olivia, discuss something that many of us do without even thinking - judging others. 

You’ll hear why it’s something so common, but also why judging others can be harmful to others as well as ourselves. From chatting about how our judgements come from deep down inside us to empathy being the antidote to judgement, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

February 17, 2022

Episode 39 - Humour

Episode 39 focuses on the topic of humour! Beki and Olivia discuss ways that humour can be supportive for us, but also can be a way of us avoiding what’s going on for us.
 
You’ll hear how some forms of humour and laughter can create good relationships, connection, and open perspectives. But also other forms of humour can be a way of shutting down vulnerability or not dealing with things.
 
Check out this episode to hear the hosts share how they use humour, and how we can be aware of the type of humour we're using.
In this episode, hosts Beki & Olivia discuss how it’s a lot easier to provide suggestions for someone than it is for us to take our own advice. You’ll hear conversations about enabling vs supporting, how our emotions make it harder, and that working in the mental health field can create some barriers or expectations when supporting our own mental health.
 
Check out this episode for honest conversations from Olivia and Beki. About how they’re doing and how they, like everyone else, find it difficult to listen to your own advice to support yourself.

In Episode 37, Beki & Olivia speak openly and honestly about how their physical health impacts their mental health. The two share the difficulty of supporting their mental health when they're experiencing long-term physical health issues, as well as sharing how they may need to work on accepting their experience, looking at their goals, and giving themselves time to grieve. 

You'll hear conversations about resentment, resilience, fear & experiences of medical discrimination. 

In the final episode of the Relationships Mini-Series, Beki and Olivia discuss a fitting topic - Ending Relationships. 

In this episode, the hosts discuss how a relationship coming to an end is never easy and can have an impact on our mental health and well-being. From things to consider when choosing to end a relationship, to how we can support ourselves through a relationship ending, this is an episode you don't want to miss!

Content Warning: This episode discusses relationships that are not supportive of our mental health, including abusive and toxic relationships. 

 

In part four of the Relationships Mini-Series, Beki and Olivia discuss what can make a relationship supportive, or what might make a relationship not-so-supportive. You'll hear the hosts discuss their personal experiences of what they have found helpful but also what has impacted their mental health in a relationship. 

Discussing important topics such as gaslighting, love-bombing, relationship growth, ghosting, and much more, this episode is packed full of learning and reflection. 

In part 3 of the Relationship Mini-Series, Beki and Olivia discuss Boundaries and how they play an important role in all relationships. The hosts chat about understanding what’s ok and not ok for us, how they are based on our values, to recognizing everyone has their own boundaries.

You’ll also hear about knowing a boundary from an ultimatum, thinking about what we do when others don’t respect our boundaries, or what we even do when our boundaries don’t align with those close to us.

In part 2 of the Relationships Mini-Series, Beki and Olivia delve into two incredibly hard yet important topics - vulnerability and trust. 

You’ll hear the co-hosts discuss what vulnerability and trust really means, and how we can’t have one without the other. From saying “I love you” first, to asking for help, to saying what we’re proud of, Beki and Olivia discuss the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure involved. This episode also includes why it can be so hard to rebuild trust when it’s been broken by someone and why being vulnerable is not a weakness, it’s an act of bravery.

We'd like to dedicate this episode, and the upcoming Relationships mini-series, to our wonderful colleague, Scott. 

 

Relationships can have a huge impact on our lives and can be incredibly important to our well-being. The topic of relationships is huge. So, Beki and Olivia are breaking it down into multiple episodes, with the focus of part 1 being all about communication.

In episode 32,  the hosts talk about their own platonic and non-platonic relationships, all while discussing how communication has been important in crafting a positive relationship. You'll hear discussions of how to talk about our needs, power dynamics, dialogue vs debate, and our expectations.

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