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In any given year, one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Since the pandemic, 54% of Canadians say their mental health has worsened. These Chatter That Matters episodes shine a light on the need for support and the benefits of sharing lived experiences.

Over the past two years, many Canadians have become overwhelmed and exhausted dealing with the pandemic — adding to or triggering mental health issues. As many Canadians have reported increases in stress, anxiety and depression, supporting mental health matters now more than ever..

Sharing and learning stories of personal mental health struggles can create awareness, provide encouragement and foster a sense of community among those with similar experiences. This month, Chatter That Matters features stories of remarkable individuals who share both their challenges and triumphs with mental health.

In these episodes, you’ll discover journeys of adversity and hope — and how RBC is helping support the mental wellness of Canadians. You can listen to all episodes at The Collective, or by clicking the individual links below.

Chatter That Matters episodes that spotlight mental health

Bravery Matters to Gillian Stein: Gillian Stein, CEO of Henry’s Enterprises, opened up publicly about her bipolar disorder and became the first Canadian CEO to disclose a mental illness. In this episode of Chatter That Matters, she shares her intentions behind the decision as well as advice for listeners.

Belief Matters to Edward Henry: A heart-wrenching story turns heart-warming as Edward Henry shares how he overcame a horrific childhood and substance abuse to create a meaningful impact on those around him.

Attitude Matters to Richard Clune: Richard Clune battled his whole life to play elite-level hockey. Behind the scenes, he also battled mental illness and substance abuse. With the heart and will of a warrior, Clune won those battles and now mentors young players.

Building Matters to Bryan and Sarah Baeumler: The Baeumlers open up about running multiple businesses, raising four kids and Bryan’s early struggles with severe anxiety.

Health Matters to Shaun Francis: Chair and CEO of Medcan Shaun Francis shares his ideas on the future of healthcare as well as strategies for Canadians to stay healthy. As founder of True Patriot Love, he discusses why Veterans deserve more support.

Mindfulness Matters to Stephen Schettini and Caroline Courey: After an MS diagnosis, Caroline Courey spent years of her life battling both inner self-doubt and physical degeneration. Stephen Schettini is a renowned mindfulness coach. Today, they coach others who are seeking a path to happiness, mindfulness, self-belief and balance.

Ventures Matter to Arlene Dickinson: A powerful, sought-after, dynamic female entrepreneur, Arlene Dickinson isn’t afraid to share her mistakes, setbacks and vulnerabilities — including her lowest points.

Command Matters to Dimple Mukherjee: Occupational Therapist Dimple Mukherjee shares her story about erasing her self-doubts and identifying why she matters to her children, her friends and family, and to her clients.

Chasing Life Matters to Robert Pardi: Life coach, inspirational speaker and author of the book Chasing Life, Robert Pardi offers up lessons and strategies for living a life of purpose, experiencing true gratitude and recognizing that you have enough, and are enough.

Adventure Matters to Bryan Baeumler: Bryan Baeumler talks about pursuing his dreams in the face of severe anxiety and how a five-minute decision led to his biggest adventure yet.

Music Matters to Harry Connick Jr.: After 14 people close to him died of COVID-19, Harry Connick Jr. felt compelled to express how he was feeling through his music.

Mark Henick to the Edge and Back: Mark Henick shares his remarkable journey from the brink of suicide to becoming a vocal advocate for mental health issues and awareness.

Chatter That Matters is presented by RBC, an organization passionate about supporting mental health causes. Since 2013, the annual RBC Race for the Kids has raised more than $18 million for the Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook, which guides families to the right treatments and services for young people facing mental illness and addiction.

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