Worth Living Podcasts
Podcast Hosts – Keith Anderson, Cat Davis, and Katie Campeau
Podcasts are available at Anchor, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Stitcher , iTunes ( desktop ), iOs
Newest Podcast – December 17, 2020
Katie, Cat and Keith tackle the “holiday blues”: signs of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses that occur specifically during the holiday season. Eating disorders can be exacerbated by Thanksgiving meals. Seasonal depression during the winter months can be amplified by the expectation of a perfect Christmas. New Years Eve can feel foreboding if you think you have nothing to look forward to in the new year. The co-hosts encourage listeners to accept all of their feelings as valid, especially during what many perceive as the “most wonderful time of the year.” They understand that this year has had and will continue to have unique difficulties, but encourage people to take care of themselves and ask for help when needed. We will get through the end of this year together.
Mental Health and Dating Part 2
In Part 2 of a two part mini-series, Cat Davis, Katie Campeau, and Keith Anderson address common topics related to mental illness and relationships. The co-hosts discuss 1) getting back into the dating game after being diagnosed, 2) disclosure of mental illness throughout the relationship, and 3) advice for dating someone mentally health challenges..
Mental Health and Dating Part 1
In Part 1 of a two part mini-series, Keith, Cat and Katie explore their respective journeys addressing mental illness in their romantic relationships. Each speaker has a different viewpoint on how and when mental health should be talked about, but all agree that open discussion is key to a long lasting and healthy relationship. Check back soon for Part 2!
Mental Health and the Workplace
Katie, Keith and Cat discuss the importance of maintaining your mental health in the workplace, describing their positive and negative experiences talking about mental illness with their colleagues and superiors. They decide that a welcoming and compassionate work environment should be the norm, not the exception, and encourage employees and bosses to do their part to ensure their companies are open to conversations on mental health.
Katie, Keith and Cat describe what self-care means and looks like for each of them. They emphasize the importance of daily self-care routines and explain the difference between appropriate self-care and the unhealthy self-care portrayed in the media.
Cat Davis, Keith Anderson and Katie Campeau lay out their individual paths to self-esteem, acknowledging both the similarities and differences in their journeys. One grew up with confidence, one had to find confidence after a childhood heavy with insecurity, and one had to figure out the critical difference between confidence and grandiose delusions. The co-hosts end on a light hearted, feel good note by highlighting a couple of their individual attributes that give them feelings of self-esteem.
World Sucide Prevention Day
Suicide: Let’s Talk About It
TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide and Self Harm Discussed
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. In this very important and very personal podcast, Katie, Keith and Cat talk about their struggles with suicidal thoughts, plans and even attempts with raw honesty and openness. They end the podcast thankful that they have made it through these difficult times and they are “still here.”
Thanks to Alec Robertson for the new and original intro music. You can check out his music at Alec Robertson (Facebook) Elora’s Garden (Facebook); screwdriver (Instagram); elorasgarden (Instagram); and Elora’s Garden on Spotify
Resources for suicide prevention include
Emergency Services 911
National Suicide Prevention Line ( Canada ) CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-273-8255 (Available 24/7).
Nova Scotia Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team Available 24/7 902-429-8167. Toll Free 1-888-429-8167
Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566
Kids Help Phone kindshelpphone.ca 1-800-668-6868 text TALK to 686868
Cat Davis and Keith Anderson discuss the feeling of guilt for past behaviour. They took responsibility for their lives by letting go of what they did in the past, before theywere diagnosed and treated.The focus of the podcast is their respective personal relationships with partners.
Huge thanks to Alec Robertson for the new and original intro music. You can check out his music at Alec Robertson (Facebook) Elora’s Garden (Facebook); screwdriver (Instagram); elorasgarden (Instagram); and Elora’s Garden on SpotifyWorth
Mental Health Misconceptions
Cat Davis, Keith Anderson, and Katie Campeau discuss mental illness misconceptions in bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, and eating disorders. Each host shares some of the most outlandish stereotypes they’ve heard and provide appropriate alternatives using their experiences with the disorders.
Huge thanks to Alec Robertson for the new and original intro music. You can check out his music at Alec Robertson (Facebook) Elora’s Garden (Facebook); screwdriver (Instagram); elorasgarden (Instagram); and Elora’s Garden on Spotify
The Intricacies of Treatment
Cat Davis, Katie Campeau, and Keith Anderson delve into treatments: how they came to be treated, what treatments they used, and how effective those treatments have been. Therapy and medications are hot topics; each speaker shares their personal experiences with both and describes how their treatments have evolved with their disorders.
Katie Campeau, Keith Anderson, and Cat Davis debunk the myth that “recovery” is an ever-attainable, concrete state of mental illness. Each speaker presents their viewpoint on what recovery means to them using personalized examples. The conversation then turns into a reflection on each speaker’s current state in their journey, proving that asymptomatic recovery is not a qualification for mental health activism.
Media & Mental Health
Keith Anderson, Cat Davis, and Katie Campeau discuss mental health and the media, citing both good and bad examples of how movies, books, and the news portray mental illness.
Loved Ones, Listening, & Learning
Cat Davis, Katie Campeau and Keith Anderson express their opinions on how loved ones can best help friends and family living with mental illness. They advise support teams to listen and learn from the person who is diagnosed, and encourage the mentality that we will all figure out how to best handle mental illness together. They conclude by mentioning the plethora of resources available to people trying to learn more about mental health, such as activemindsorg (USA) and jackorg (Canada).
June 12, 2020
Do We Have a Mental Disibilty?
Katie Campeau, Keith Anderson and Cat Davis discuss using the term “disability” to describe mental health in layman’s terms, legislation, and academia. They flesh out “ableism” and how we as a society can work to eliminate discrimination based on mental illness.
Sources and further information for this podcast include: Davis, Lennard J., ed. 2017. The Disability Studies Reader. Fifth edition. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis; Donaldson, Elizabeth J., ed. 2018. Literatures of Madness. New York, NY: Springer Berlin Heidelberg; Aubrecht, Katie. 2012. ‘Disability Studies and the Language of Mental Illness’. Pp. 31– 44 in Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. Vol. 8. Review of Disability Studies; Beresford, Peter. 2000. ‘What Have Madness and Psychiatric System Survivors Got to Do with Disability and Disability Studies?’ Disability & Society 15(1):167–72; Mulvany, Julie. 2000. ‘Disability, Impairment or Illness? The Relevance of the Social Model of Disability to the Study of Mental Disorder’. Sociology of Health and Illness 22(5):582–601;
Episode 1 – My Journey through the Darkness
Keith discusses his personal journey through depression and the founding of Worth Living
Episode 2 – The Heartache of Rejection Podcast
Keith discusses stigma and why he rejects the use of that word. The more accurate word is discrimination.
Episode 3- Breakdown Dead Ahead
Cat Davis, Director of Worth Living USA, and Keith Anderson, Founder of Worth Living, discuss their mental breakdowns. They are different generations, different backgrounds, and even from different countries, but they share mental illness. They have common experiences with mental breakdowns and life after. We don’t edit, we are authentic!
Episode 4 – Why Can’t We Be Friends
Amy Leon joins Keith on the latest Worth Living Podcast. They discuss telling friends about their mental illness and the impact on those friendships given the discrimination that exists. They also provide their thoughts on meeting new friends and what to tell them. The navigation can be difficult. We don’t edit, we are authentic.
Episode 5 – Gimme Shelter
Ashley Quackenbush / DJ Scratchley Q joins Keith for a discussion of music and concerts and the connection to their mental health. Ashley serves as the Worth Living Director of Music and Official DJ. You can find her music on mixcloud under ScratchleyQ
Episode 6- Learning to Fly
Cat Davis and Keith Anderson discuss their determination to address their mental health challenges. They cover their reactions on being diagnosed, taking medication, and their next steps to thrive in life.
Episode 7- Don’t Stop Believing
Tylia Flores joins Keith to stomp out cerebral palsy and mental illness. Tylia is a strong advocate who takes her life to a better place each day. Her faith and determination show her true resilience.
Episode 8 – Taking Care of Business
Kim Bolton LaMontagne WL New England Lead joins Keith to discuss her research and personal experience in terms of Mental Health in the Workplace. Keith relates his own personal journey as a lawyer with depression.
Episode 9 – Join Together
Ashley Quackenbush joins Keith to discuss Volunteering. She is a volunteer with WE and Skate Canada. Her volunteering has taken her to Kenya, Ecuador, and Arizona, among other places.
Episode 10 – Running Up That Hill
Shannon Pierangeli joins Keith to discuss how running allows her to address depression and anxiety. It also provides a great way to have an overall healthy life. Shannon is a Co-lead of the Worth Living Run Ambassadors Program. She is also very active in helping plan some upcoming WL Events
Episode 11 – Holding Back the Years
Cat Davis and Keith discuss their fears and concerns for the future for their respective personal lives. A very interesting and engaging conversation
Episode 11 – Steppin’ Out
Cat Davis joins Keith to discuss natural remedies that helped on their journey through the darkness of mental health challenges. Walking, dance, meditation, yoga, journals, and music festivals. It’s full of great suggestions to make your life worth living.