On October 10, 2022, for World Mental Health Day, we released six new episodes of our mental health podcast, #OurAnxietyStories. For Season 4, host John Bateman interviews award-winning speaker and activist, Tamara Taggart, plus other exciting new guests. If you want to hear real people share their anxiety stories and learn more about anxiety, read on!
We know that now more than ever, people are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety. So why can it be so difficult to talk about? If you want to join the conversation about anxiety and help break the stigma around mental health, help us spread the word about Season 4 of #OurAnxietyStories – the Anxiety Canada podcast.
We want people impacted by anxiety to know that they’re not alone. Our podcast may help those struggling with anxiety find comfort, as we feature real stories from people who have lived experience with anxiety, anxiety disorders, and the challenges that often overlap with anxiety. The podcast was recently featured in the DailyHive article, Made in Canada podcast helping to break the stigma around mental health.
- Overcoming Anorexia and Anxiety with Chloë Grande
- Chemotherapy, Anxiety, Trauma, and Triumph with Tamara Taggart
- From Logging Roads to Roads of Recovery with Dale Horth
- Group Therapy Really Works with Pegah Mollahajian & Dr. Taube-Schiff
- Adoption, Anxiety, and Finding the Truth with Lise Laforge
- Renowned Artist Robert Bateman Talks Anxiety
Pictured, row 1: Anxiety Canada Youth Network alum, Pegah; Registered Psychologist, Dr. Marlene Taube-Schiff; Comedian, writer, and #OurAnxietyStories podcast host, John Bateman.
Comedian, author, and #OurAnxietyStories host, John Bateman, interviews some amazing new guests this season, including his own father, renowned artist Robert Bateman! Listen to the dynamic stories featured to learn more about anxiety, anorexia, PTSD, and more. We hope you enjoy the new season, and make sure to look out for all new episodes in Spring 2023!
Want to catch up on Seasons 1-3 before digging into Season 4? Past seasons include guests like comedian and actress Mary Walsh, politician Elizabeth May, athlete Kelly Hrudey, and more! Search #OurAnxietyStories on your favourite podcasting platform, like Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
Pictured, row 2: Speaker, activist, mother, and cancer survivor, Tamara Taggart; Renowned artist Robert Bateman; and mental health advocate & writer, Chloë Grande.
Tamara Taggart's Behind-the-Scenes Anxiety
You may know Tamara Taggart from her success in broadcasting for over 30 years. She was the weekday anchor of CTV News at Six in Vancouver between 2010 and 2018. But behind the scenes, she stayed busy through work and volunteering so that she never had to “think about anything else.”
From childhood chaos, to having a child diagnosed with Down Syndrome, to her own cancer diagnosis, Tamara was in survival mode for as long as she can remember.
Now, as a cancer survivor, mother, activist, and speaker, she looks back on broadcasting and shares her journey to understand and work through her anxiety—a journey she is still on today.
Dale Horth's Recovery Story
Dale Horth, author of Why Men Suffer in Silence: A Story of Hope and Recovery, shares his story, which highlights the barriers that prevent men from seeking diagnosis and treatment for mental health challenges. Dale reflects on his experience working in the logging industry and shares how the hyper-masculine culture of some blue-collar jobs can make it difficult for men to seek help.
Dale once believed that only weak people needed mental health support, but when he began experiencing issues like substance use challenges, depression, PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks, he knew he needed help.
Chloë Grande's Recovery: Anorexia and Anxiety
Pictured: Chloë Grande smiling.
Did you know that eating disorders and anxiety disorders can overlap?
In this episode of #OurAnxietyStories, Chloë Grande reflects on the intersection of anxiety and anorexia. Diagnosed with anorexia at 15, Chloë shares that a recent eating disorder relapse during the COVID-19 pandemic led her to recognize the role social anxiety plays in her mental health journey. Having studied communications, Chloë created a mental health blog in hopes of helping others with similar challenges feel understood and less alone.
“I recognize now that I… always had anxiety, I always had depression. But I think that I was in survival mode all the time.”
– Tamara Taggart
Thanks For Tuning In!
Thanks for listening and supporting those who live with mental illness. Together, we can break the stigma around mental health hand learn from each other’s experiences. Thank you for spreading the word and supporting #OurAnxietyStories, the Anxiety Canada Podcast, hosted by John Bateman.
#OurAnxietyStories is proud to be affiliated with HeretoHelp, a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. The BC Partners are funded by the Provincial Health Services Authority.