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Podcast Episode 4 - Indigenous Mental Health

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

With Marlee Poole, Policy and Innovation Manager at the Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society (VAHS)

Host Gregg Taylor is joined by Marlee Poole, Policy and Innovation Manager at the Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society (VAHS). Through her own personal story and programs available at VAHS, Marlee and Gregg discuss ways in which aboriginal mental health practice can help anyone who is struggling with mental health and addiction.

The episode focuses on ways people in the film and entertainment industry can access help through aboriginal mental health practices. VAHS offers many programs to help this with sweat lodges, land base healing and cultural sewing classes.

What is the VAHS?

VAHS is a not-for-profit organization offering urban Indigenous-focused health and social services. For more than 30 years, we have delivered programs by and for urban Indigenous people in Vancouver to support physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Through services that focus on building relationships and connections, we address inequities in the health care system and promote empowered, healthy communities.

Current VAHS services include a full-scope Primary Care Clinic, a Dental Clinic, a cultural wellness program led by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and Indigenous Early Years programs for children and families.

VAHS will be opening a new Healing Centre, with dedicated outdoor spaces for land-based healing, at 52–92 East Hastings in Spring 2025. To learn more, please visit us online at

Calltime Podcast

The Calltime Mental Health podcast aims to create a safe space for open conversations, amplify important voices, and provide valuable insights into the mental health challenges faced by those working in our industry.

Throughout the season, Gregg will be joined by guests with an intimate knowledge of the film and entertainment sector, and experts with mental health expertise. From financial empowerment and accessing resources during times of crisis, to Indigenous Mental Health and Psychological Health and Safety, each episode will offer valuable perspectives and practical advice.

The Calltime Mental Health Podcast will release a new episode at the end of each month until December. The Podcast will be accessible on popular platforms such as:

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