Powerful X Nature - #DestigmaDepression

Date:  June 6th, 2019

Hosts:  Shakaila

Guests: Shanika, Doula & Mary Rella, Director of Community and Counselling Services at Skylark

Topic: #DestigmatizeDepression

On June 6th, our show was all about depression. Depression is a mental illness, specifically a mood disorder, with commonly occurring symptoms including feelings of sadness, irritability, anger and/or hopelessness, fatigue, insomnia, changes in weight in appetite, loss of energy and aches and pain. 11% of Canadian adults have had, have or will have symptoms that meet the criteria for major depression sometime in their life. Studies show that women are more likely to get depression than men and young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness, including depression, than other age groups.

We started the show off by interviewing Shanika, a doula, about her experience working with pregnant people and new parents with perinatal and postnatal depression. Then we interviewed Mary Rella, the Director of Community and Counselling Services, at Skylark. We wrapped up the show with a roundtable discussion about our personal experiences with depression.


To learn more about Jessie’s Centre and/or the Community Education Program, please visit: www.jessiescentre.org.

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To connect with Shanika, find her on Instagram @doulasista or on her website: https://doulasista.com/.

Skylark is a leading Toronto-based charity dedicated to children, young people and their families struggling with complex mental health and developmental needs. To connect with Skylark, visit https://www.skylarkyouth.org/ or visit one of their walk-in counselling services at 65 Wellesley Street E. Unit 500 or 40 Orchard View Blvd, Unit 102.


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