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Author: Angela Tsounis

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I want to talk about what no one else wants to talk about... Children with mental illness.Raising a child who is ‘different’ from the other kids takes a great mental and emotional toll on the parents. They are worn out and pushed to the brink, totally exhausted. Many are tapped out financially and in some cases, they have had to quit their jobs or take lesser ones to be there for the next episode when their child can’t cope. There is little or no support from a system caught up in process and willfully lacking in parental resources.As a parent of a challenging child, you can also brace yourself for the stigma of a lifetime. We look like the accomplice to this very badly behaved, poorly mannered and emotionally unstable child. If you don’t have a diagnosis it’s worse. If you don’t have money it’s worse still. So much of what we require to help our children isn’t covered by extended health insurance.The general parent community is unsupportive at best; hostile and judgmental at its worst. This compounds the pain and stress we live through every day. We go through things very few parents can relate to.This podcast is a collection of my interviews with kids affected by challenges, parents of those kids, and even medical professionals from the mental health community. In many cases, the name of the child has been changed or last names of the contributors omitted to maintain privacy for themselves and their children.
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In this episode of Different from the Other Kids, we meet Carley, who is a parent struggling to get mental health services for her son Lee. She is dealing with persistent truancy and some general aggressive and challenging behavior. Carley is trying in vain to work with the school system, psychiatrists, and organizations that provide services that might help her situation.  This is another unfortunate story about a family diligently seeking assistance in a system that is not set up to assist so many of our families.
In this episode of Different from the Other Kids, we check in with our good friend Bob Koven. Bob is a businessman, a new Grandfather, amateur photographer, standup comedian in the mental health space, a fly fisherman, and a general first-class advocate for all things in this mental health space. Bob gets us up to speed on what he has had happened in his life and how he is managing his mental health these days.
Grace is the Mother of Julianne, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 7, the author of Children of Autumn, a vocal teacher, a theatre enthusiast, and playwright. Grace updates us with what’s happening with Julianne and lets us know about her latest project for coaching and educating caregivers in the autism space.
“My motivation is to serve our community in a way that enhances our health as individuals, as well as the health of the ecosystems which support us. The Green Party of Canada offers a vehicle for People Planet and Prosperity which resonates with my personal and professional values. I am driven to bring economic equality and justice to the social and environmental conversation currently crucial to the future of our country.”Eleanor Hayward is running for NPP with the Green Party for Milton, ONT. Spiritual with a powerhouse of skills, her mandate for candidacy as Member of Parliament in Ottawa’s House of Commons is her driving force for conversation in relation to healthcare and mental health, education, business, energy, environment, indigenous relations, transportation, water, biodiversity, solid waste management, senior’s and women's issues. Her professional and volunteer experiences are listed below: 2003-2019 - Registered Massage Therapist and sole proprietor of Dynamic Balance Holistic Healing in Halton Region.2006-Present - Co-founding member of MiltonGreen Environmental Association Inc. Currently Past-President and Social Media Volunteer. Over the years participated in:Advocating implementation of Halton Region’s Green Cart Organics Compost Program as an alternative to an Energy from Waste incinerator.Blue and green cart waste diversion at events such as Milton Fair, Milton Canada Day and Downtown Street Festival.Installation of a Monarch Waystation Pollinator Garden at the Italian Canadian Club of Milton.Co-hosting Halton Green Screens for film screening events.2016-2019 - Mature student of Social Sciences at McMaster University. Courses of particular interest range from Social Psychology to Microeconomics and Canadian Politics to Global Political Economy. 2018 - Represented the Green Party of Ontario (GPO) as Milton’s candidate.2019 - Invited to join GPO’s Shadow Cabinet as Critic on Women’s Issues.Leadership Training and Experience:2012-2016 Toastmasters International - Competent Communicator and Leadership designations. Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure.2010-2014 Citizen representative for Milton on the Joint Municipal Regional Waste Management Advisory Committee. For more information on Eleanor please visit https://gpo.ca/candidate/eleanor-hayward/
Hello everyone! Different from the Other Kids is back with some new episodes! Welcome back to Angela and her daughter Christina! They are here to discuss some essential oils that they use to help boost their immunity during the cold season! This episode contains some fun tips on how to use essential oils around the house and in your daily routine. This episode was from a Facebook Live recording. For all things Different from the Other Kids, check out https://www.facebook.com/differentfromtheotherkids/ - new episodes are coming! Thanks for listening!
This week on Different from the Other Kids, Angela Tsounis welcomes back for a third time William Michael Forbes as they discuss William's work and his approach to life. William Michael Forbes is the author of "How to Kill Suicide: With Reason to Live" and often coaches parents and young people during difficult times in their lives. Angela and William continue their discussion from the past two weeks.
This week on Different from the Other Kids, Angela Tsounis welcomes back fellow author William Michael Forbes as they discuss William's work as a life coach and his approach to life. William Michael Forbes is the author of "How to Kill Suicide: With Reason to Live" and often coaches parents and young people during difficult times in their lives. Angela and William continue their discussion from last week.
Welcome back to Different from the Other Kids! This week, join Angela Tsounis as she interviews fellow author William Michael Forbes as they discuss William's work as a life coach and his approach to life. William Michael Forbes is the author of "How to Kill Suicide: With Reason to Live" and often coaches parents and young people during difficult times in their lives. Listen to the podcast for a fun conversation about a serious topic!
In this week of Different from the Other Kids, Angela Tsounis sits down once again with Jacquie Tyas, who is here to discuss ECT or electroconvulsive therapy.
In this week's episode of Different from the Other Kids, Angela sits down again with Jacquie Tyas, a frequent contributor to DFTOK. Today, Jacquie discusses her experiences with RTMT or Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Therapy.
In this special segment of Different from the Other Kids, Angela and Shelly sit down and discuss Shelly's son and how he has been doing since last catching up. **This is a segment from our Live launch which occurred May 31, 2017.**
In this special episode of Different from the Other Kids, Angela welcomes back Robert "Bobby" Koven to discuss the future of Different from the Other Kids and all things mental health. **This is a segment from our Live launch which occurred May 31, 2017.**
In this special segment of Different from the Other Kids, Angela is joined by her daughter Christina, frequent contributor and catalyst of the DFTOK effort. Angela and Christina talk about how things have changed since the last update. **This is a segment from our Live launch which occurred May 31, 2017.**
In this special interview from Different from the Other Kids, Angela is joined by Jacquie for our launch of the Law & Disorder Edition. Angela and Jacquie sit down and discuss what Jacquie is up to today, and what she does in terms of keeping her life balanced. **This is a segment from our Live launch which occurred May 31, 2017.**
In this episode, Angela interviews Dr. Bilijana Kostovic, a pain management doctor in Mississauga, Ontario. According to “RateMDs.com” Dr. Kostovic’s patients are using words like compassionate, knowledgeable, helpful, brilliant, great listener, remarkable. She is a pain management specialist with special training in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of pain.
Here is a special announcement from Angie regarding our upcoming book launch on Wednesday, May 31, 2017! Find us on Facebook for all the details!
In this week's episode of Different from the Other Kids: Law & Disorder Edition, Angela sits down with special guest Sergeant Dave Tutte of the Halton Regional Police Services. Sergeant Tutte oversees the region's Community Mobilization Bureau, which works with community partners especially in the field of mental health and addictions. Listen to some of the programs that local police are utilising when dealing with a mental health related call.
This week on Different from the Other Kids, Angela sits down with Christina for a second interview, discussing Christina's life from the last time we checked up. Christina discusses her ideal day, and what that involves, as well as other aspects of her wellness routine.
On this week's episode of Different from the Other Kids, Angela welcomes back her daughter Christina for another set of interviews. In the first part of two, Christina explains how her life has changed since the last time we chatted, and how she deals with her wellness from day-to-day. Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!
In our second part of the return of Julie, she discusses what happens to her daughter after several run-ins with the law. Julie describes how difficult home life had gotten for herself and her husband, all in an attempt to help their daughter. This interview offers some hard truths from a parent stretched to the limit.
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