Heads Up! Community Mental Health Podcast

SCHIZOPHRENIA: Part 1 – Stories, Signs, Myths & Recovery Movements

Heads Up! Community Mental Health Podcast
Heads Up! Community Mental Health Podcast
SCHIZOPHRENIA: Part 1 - Stories, Signs, Myths & Recovery Movements

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Schizophrenia affects about 80 million people from all countries, cultures, ages, abilities, and genders. This two-part podcast explores their widespread challenges, and the hope and healing opportunities available to them and their families via integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual-vocational therapies. In Part 1, Katrina Tinman (peer support worker with lived experience), Chris Summerville (CEO of the Canadian Schizophrenia Society), and Dr. Phil Tibbo (clinical/research psychiatrist specializing in psychosis-related illnesses) share personal stories, recount history, summarize signs and stages, bust myths, introduce recovery philosophy, and argue for recovery-focused healthcare.



This Part 1 podcast will help you understand:

  • First-hand experience of schizophrenia and ongoing recovery
  • Sibling experience with schizophrenia in pre-recovery era
  • Current global and Canadian Schizophrenia statistics
  • Definitions and differences between psychosis and schizophrenia
  • Signs, stages, and the “schizophrenia spectrum”
  • Psychological and physical conditions that can co-occur with schizophrenia
  • History of diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia
  • Relationships with loved ones, friends, peers, and patients with schizophrenia
  • Recovery philosophy and language and its evolution over time
  • Recovery movement supported by government policies, programs, and funding



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Katrina Tinman

Heads Up! Community Mental Health PodcastKatrina Tinman is a peer support worker for Peer Connections Manitoba, formerly the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, and is located at the Mental Health Crisis Response Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Katrina is currently working toward formal peer support worker certification with Peer Support Canada, though she already has peer support certification through the Ontario Peer Development Initiative.

Katrina received a university education in journalism and political science in 1998, from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. Since then, she’s had a wide range of life experiences from working in the professional arena, extensive travel, motorcycle riding, alpine skiing, and SCUBA diving, to homelessness and mental illness. Regardless of some negative life experiences, Katrina’s greatest achievement was a sense of fearlessness that carried her through along with hope for the future. Now she’s able, through her peer support work, to use her life’s insights to help others in their recovery from crisis and mental illness.

Email: k.tinman@peerconnectionsmb.ca

Website: www.peerconnectionsmb.ca 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katrina.tinman.5

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tinman_katrina

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/katrinatinman


Chris Summerville, BA, MDiv, M.Miss, D.Min, LLD (Honorary)

Heads Up! Community Mental Health PodcastChris Summerville is from a family with mental health challenges (father and brother with bi-polar disorder, a brother with schizophrenia, siblings living with depression, and two suicides). He has also received mental health care himself, which has informed and inspired his work as CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada since 2007.

Chris has been involved with the schizophrenia-recovery movement for nearly 30 years, having served on the boards of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Mood Disorders Society of Canada, National Network for Mental Health, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada.

Chris earned a doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary, is a certified psychosocial rehabilitation recovery practitioner (CPRRP), and received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Brandon University in 2014. He is a regional, provincial, and national leader and advocate for a transformed, person-centered, recovery-oriented mental healthcare system, and believes mental health concerns should be addressed using integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual-vocational approaches. 

Email: Chris@schizophrenia.ca

Website: www.schizophrenia.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SchizophreniaSocietyCanada

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SchizophreniaCa

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/schizophrenia-society-of-canada


Phil Tibbo, MD, FRCPC

Heads Up! Community Mental Health PodcastPhil Tibbo was named the first Dr. Paul Janssen Chair in Psychotic Disorders, an endowed research chair, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry with a cross-appointment in psychology at Dalhousie University, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. He is also director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) and co-director of the Nova Scotia Psychosis Research Unit (NSPRU).

Dr. Tibbo is funded by local and national peer reviewed funding agencies and well published in leading journals. His publications are primarily around schizophrenia, and his current foci of study include individuals at the early phase of, and individuals at risk for, a psychotic illness. Dr. Tibbo’s areas of research include application of in vivo brain neuroimaging techniques, to study psychosis as well as research interests in co-morbidities in schizophrenia, psychosis genetics, addictions and psychosis, stigma and burden, pathways to care, education, and non-pharmacological treatment options.

Dr. Tibbo is president of the Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis (CCEIP), helping to advance early intervention care at the national level. He is a recipient (2015) of the Michael Smith Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada for research and leadership in schizophrenia, recipient of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health’s Champion of Mental Health Research/Clinician award in 2017 and, most recently, recipient of the 2018 Regional Prix d’excellence – Specialist of the Year – Region 5 by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Email: phil.tibbo@nshealth.ca

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-tibbo-62170b18/



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