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The Shine Cast

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A podcast where we’re opening up conversations around mental health, mental illness, how we cope and how we thrive.

A podcast where we’re opening up conversations around mental health, mental illness, how we cope and how we thrive.




A podcast where we’re opening up conversations around mental health, mental illness, how we cope and how we thrive.






Episode 6: Sarah - A Member of the Family

In our Season 1 finale, we’re talking with Sarah, a clinical counsellor (aka a veterinary social worker) with the Ontario Veterinary College. Sarah shares what exactly ‘veterinary social work’ is and why it’s so important to the field of veterinary medicine. We also discuss what it’s like to deal with grief, how pets truly become members of the family, how to deal with imposter syndrome in such a small profession, and of course share personal stories around mental health. We'll be back for...


Episode 5: Sonia - Helping Myself to Help Others

This episode we’re chatting with Sonia, an undergrad student at the University of Guelph. Sonia is double majoring in Biology and Psychology with the hope of pursuing a career in the mental health field. Sonia’s interest in mental health stems from her own experiences following major surgery to treat scoliosis in high school. Since then, Sonia has learned a lot about her own mental health and how to help others. This episode we also learn about Jack.Org, a great organization which helped...


Episode 4: Jaime - Admitting I Deserve Help

This episode we’re chatting with Jaime, a student currently doing two degrees as a University of Guelph Business student, as well as studying Astrophysics at Western University. Jaime shares with us her story of living with her multiple diagnoses of anxiety, depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Jaime walks us through some common misconceptions about OCD, what her experience has been like, and how she has found ways to adapt and thrive. Jaime also talks about her experience speaking...


Episode 3: Brooke & Darian - Athletes Without Sports

This episode we’re talking with two University of Guelph undergrads: Brooke and Darian. Brooke and Darian are both student athletes and co-leads of UofG’s SAMHI (Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative). We hear what it’s been like transitioning from high school, to university, to pandemic life and how that’s affected their sports, schooling, and of course mental health. This episode we hear about several helpful UofG resources, including SAMHI, the Student Support Network, and the...


Episode 2: Cayden - Coming Out Saved My Life

This episode we’re chatting with Cayden, a University of Guelph alumni now pursuing a degree in Behavioral Psychology. Cayden has lived through more than most, experiencing the struggles of chronic physical illness as well as gender dysphoria. Now he is an out and proud trans man looking to help others battling mental illness. Listen to Cayden describe his journey of mental and physical illness and how coming out helped save his life. Correction Note: At the top of the episode, we say that...


Episode 1: Katie - The Evil Part of Your Brain

This episode we’re talking with Katie McLean, a University of Guelph staff member and alumni currently pursuing a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. As the current Coordinator, Neighbourhood Relations and Off-Campus Living at the University of Guelph, Katie is accustomed to helping people through challenging situations. But even those in a helping role sometimes need a bit of help themselves. Listen to Katie share her story of living with anxiety, and how accepting her condition...


Episode 0 - Trailer

Hello, and welcome to The Shine Cast! This is a podcast where we’re having conversations with students, staff, and faculty at the University of Guelph around mental health, mental illness, how we cope and how we thrive throughout our journeys. Our first season consists of 6 episodes, with each episode featuring guests who will be talking about their experiences with anxiety, depression, OCD, body dysmorphia, gender dysphoria, imposter syndrome, and more! Listen in to learn more about what...