Announcing Season 5 of CASAT Conversations: A Holistic Look at Mental Health

CASAT Conversations launched in April 2021. We started this podcast to provide training and education to healthcare professionals and people in public services. Our intention for this podcast is to be a resource for exploring timely topics that relate to mental well-being. Each topic explores the complex connection between how our environment, behaviors and actions impact our health and wellbeing. As the podcast continues to evolve, we are committed to sharing meaningful conversations with researchers, clinicians, authors, leaders, professionals, and people with lived experience. In each conversation, we hope you find a nugget of information that will support you in the work you do. Each season is outlined below.

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Season 1: Behind the Frontline: Supporting the Families of Frontline Staff and First Responders

This podcast was created for families and intimate partners of frontline staff and first responders. Dr. Trudy Gilbert-Eliot, author of Healing Secondary Trauma: Proven Strategies for Caregiver provides educational tips, stress management techniques, and ways to build resilience within the family. Family members of first responders and frontline staff also shared their stories highlighting the multi-dimensional nature of what it’s like to be an intimate partner of a first responder.

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Season 2: Exploring the Importance of Resilience in Healthcare

In Season 2, we explored the topic of resilience for primary and behavioral health providers. We focused on ways to build resilience as an individual, community, and within large systems. We explored the complexities of resilience, the latest research, and tools for developing resilience as a healthcare provider.

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Season 3: The Long Road to Health Equity

In Season 3, we explored the complex topic of health equity. Health equity is achieved when every person has an equal opportunity to attain their full health potential. Behavioral Health Equity is the right to access quality health care for all populations regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or geographical location. Health and behavioral health inequities impact length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease and access to treatment. The season included conversations related to access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for mental and substance use disorders.

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Season 4: The Impact of Trauma on Our Humanity

In Season 4, we investigated the topic of secondary and vicarious trauma experienced by people who work in the field of human services. We discussed compassion fatigue, the impact of stress on physical health, sanctuary trauma, moral injury, post-traumatic growth, and many other ways to care for yourself, including the value of having a community of support.

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Season 5: A Holistic Look at Mental Health

This season you’ll hear a collection of thought-provoking conversations which will explore the many dimensions of mental well-being. The conversations will highlight the dynamic connection between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of well-being. Our conversations touch on the latest scientific research, practices, and therapies. Together, we navigate the multifaceted landscape of mental health, empowering listeners to open their minds to the interconnected nature of mental well-being.

Health professionals and public service workers play a crucial role in supporting individuals with mental health challenges. While traditional therapeutic approaches are essential, the concept of holistic health has gained prominence in recent years. Holistic health encompasses a comprehensive view of well-being, addressing not only the mind but also the body and spirit.

 

Holistic health means:

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Treating the Whole Person: Holistic health encourages health providers to see individuals as a whole, rather than focusing solely on their symptoms or diagnoses. This approach recognizes that mental health is influenced by factors such as nutrition, physical activity, sleep, past traumas, and social support. By addressing these aspects, providers can offer more comprehensive care.

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Treating the Whole Person: Holistic health encourages health providers to see individuals as a whole, rather than focusing solely on their symptoms or diagnoses. This approach recognizes that mental health is influenced by factors such as nutrition, physical activity, sleep, past traumas, and social support. By addressing these aspects, providers can offer more comprehensive care.

Empower

Empowering Patients/Clients: Holistic health empowers individuals to take an active role in their well-being. Health providers can educate and support their clients to address self-care strategies, mindfulness, and healthy lifestyle choices. This empowerment can lead to better treatment outcomes and long-term resilience.

Holistic health is a valuable framework for health providers  to consider when working with individuals facing mental health challenges. By addressing the interconnected aspects of well-being, providers can offer more comprehensive and effective care. Empowering clients to take an active role in their holistic health can lead to improved treatment outcomes and long-term well-being.

We hope you enjoy this season!

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