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TRU Social Work Students Enhance Accessibility of the Mental Wellness Supports in Thompson Okanagan

Kayla Rosette & Maddison Harris

Mental Wellness Thompson Okanagan is a website developed by two third year practicum students in the Bachelor of Social Work at TRU. We identified a gap in resources and knowledge within mental wellness and worked to fill that gap by creating this one stop shop website. In this process we wanted to create our own animated videos to educate and engage users of all ages. We included topics of burnout, depression, anxiety, loneliness, stress, connection/disconnection, and self-care, the videos also included myths and tips for how to manage these issues from home. Under each of these topics, we have additional resources (YouTube videos, podcasts, TedTalks… etc.) as well to bring in different forms of learning and ways of explaining the concepts. 

The videos were our first main staple, for our second one we really wanted to bridge together information with local resources. Our focus was the entire region of the Thompson Okanagan, grouping the smaller areas that are in close proximity together in the hope that people from those smaller communities don’t have to visit multiple pages to find a resource. 

The reason why we are calling this a “one stop shop” is that people may watch the videos, look at the additional resources and then if they want or need to, they can look their community up in our drop down page, read about each resource (we included counselling offices, social work organizations and social services) in order to make an informed decision on where they’re connecting with, without having to do the full research process. 

We included two additional sections as well; mental health mobile apps and 24/7 helplines. The purpose of the app section was so people may access assistance without having to have a face to face or over the phone interaction. From personal experience, working directly with someone can cause more anxiety and we wanted to give our users as many options as possible to ensure they could feel safe while receiving assistance. The 24/7 helplines are non-emergency but provide users a chance to talk to someone if they feel uneasy or uncomfortable talking with a family member or friend. 

We encourage you to check our website out and hope you share it around!:)

Mentallwellnessthompsonokanagan.com

End of Academic Year Wishes for Social Work Students

Dear Social Work Community Member,

As the 2020-2021 academic year comes to a completion, I invite you all to share your end-of-year wishes to the 2021 graduating class of social work students. These messages will be collated into a document and shared with the global social work community members on April 30th via the https://krasun.ca/blog/  blog post. Please submit your message by Monday, April 26th via the following link https://forms.gle/ZB2kuZTAASZZPZyB6

Thanks so much for your support, and congratulations to 2021 social work graduating students!

With respect

Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

#TheSWEducator

Canadian Podcasts for Social Workers and Human Service Professionals

Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

Recently I have been encouraged at the CASWE-ACFTS Social Policy and Advocacy Committee meeting to find some Canadian podcasts that can be useful for social policy and advocacy work. Thank you, Dr Victoria F. Burns, PhD  @betesandbites, for starting the list with The Evidence podcast. Please check some other podcasts that are produced in Canada. If you know of additional Canadian podcasts, please keep me updated, and I will add them to the list.

The Evidence

Hosted by Lee Arbon, Amanda Deseure and Victoria Lewis, this new series dives into the leading research and current trends surrounding substance use and addiction in Canada. We investigate and review the evidence on alcohol, cannabis, opioids, stigma and more. Each month, The Evidence features guests from CCSA or those working in the community. We combine the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)’s knowledge and evidence with people who face substance use disorders every day in their personal and professional lives. We converse with people in health care about the medical challenges of substance use and addiction. We learn from people with lived or living experience. Their knowledge inspires our conversation.

Link: https://ccsa.ca/evidence

Alright, Now What?

Welcome to Alright, Now What?, a podcast from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. On this show we’re asking, how does a pandemic affect the most marginalized people among us? And how do we get from there, to where we want to be?

We’ll be talking to our resident experts about the pandemic’s impact on women and girls, and which structures are failing women during this emergency.

Then we’ll be looking forward, to uncover how we can use this challenging time not to go “back to normal,” but instead to invest in a new normal where gender equality is our reality

Link: https://canadianwomen.org/podcast/

Social Work Me

This podcast is a brought to you by Southwest Counselling Services in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The show is for social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists and anyone in the mental health profession as well anyone looking for more information on improving their mental health or overall wellness. The show is hosted by Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist- Matt Barnes. Every episode aims to be informative, relevant and full of practical tips, tricks and wisdom from some of the leading experts in the field.

Link: https://swcounselling.ca/blog/

Canadian Employment and Labour Law Podcast

Join our team as they delve into the ever changing employment and labour law landscape with the Canadian Employment and Labour Law podcast series. In this series of podcasts our host Alison Walsh and her guests will offer short, timely and insightful content you can listen to on-demand, whenever and wherever you like. If you have any employment and labour law questions that we can assist with, please reach out to a member of the team.

Link: https://www.dentons.com/en/insights/podcasts/canadian-employment-and-labour-law-podcast 

On the Way Home

On the Way Home is a podcast that brings together the voices and issues involved in ending homelessness in Canada. Come back every Thursday to hear a new episode featuring bright voices on important issues on housing and homelessness, co-hosted by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and Blue Door.

Link: https://onthewayhome.ca/

2 Crees in a Pod

Indigenous podcast – 2 nehiyaw women sharing space with other Indigenous folks/allies, having honest conversation about Indigenous everything.

Link: https://www.instagram.com/2_crees_in_a_pod/

Rural Routes Podcasts

Rural Routes is a Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation initiative. This show is supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection grant.

Link: http://rplc-capr.ca/rural-routes-podcasts/

JUSTICE VS.

What are your rights, anyway? Justice Vs. is a podcast that explores the ever-changing landscape of civil liberties in Canada. Host Maria Rio will interview activists, lawyers, organizers, and those most impacted by rights violations across the country. Through these conversations, we seek to understand what our rights are in Canada — to protest, to security, to equality — and what their limitations are and how our systems fail the most vulnerable. 

Link: https://ccla.org/justice-vs/ 

PsychEd

PsychEd is a psychiatry podcast created by medical learners, for medical learners. We’re a team of psychiatry residents that have come together to create a mental health educational podcast because we saw a need for something catered to our specialty at our training level. In each episode, we pick a common psychiatric condition and talk about its diagnosis or management with a staff member from the Department of Psychiatry. Our idea originated at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and we hope to make this a widespread initiative. Whether you’re sitting on a subway or jogging on a treadmill, you can learn about various psychiatric conditions on the go, brought to you by PsychEd.

Link: https://www.psychedpodcast.org/episodes

University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work

The University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work is one of Canada’s largest social work schools and provides social work education across Alberta Canada. We are consistently among the top 15 research schools in North America. The last episode was recorded in 2020. Here is the research article published based on the podcast

Ferrer, I., Lorenzetti, L., & Shaw, J. (2020). Podcasting for social justice: exploring the potential of experiential and transformative teaching and learning through social work podcasts. Social Work Education, 39(7), 849-865. Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02615479.2019.1680619

Link: https://soundcloud.com/ucalgary-social-work

Profiles in Social Work

Profiles in Social Work, the podcast series of the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, shares information about the field of social work through the diverse experiences of our alumni. Their stories highlight the many ways FIFSW graduates are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. Podcast was last updated in 2014.

Link: https://socialwork.utoronto.ca/alumni/profiles/