It’s Closing Time

Chelsey is working for mindyourmind as a Communications Associate. She studies Speech Communication and Business at the University of Waterloo and is a passionate mental health advocate, focused on making resources known and available to everyone. Outside of work she loves reading, watching Netflix, and exploring new places.

Woah, I can’t believe that it has been a week since I posted the last episode of our first podcast season!  It feels like time has flown and I just began the journey of creating the mindyourmind podcast.

Over the past four and a half months, I have gone from a person who knows a little bit about mindyourmind, and having listened to a handful of podcasts in my life to writing, producing and hosting a podcast! Being given the opportunity to work full-time for such an amazing program has been such a spectacular time! I could talk for hours and hours, pages and pages, episodes and episodes, about how great our program is (but you probably already know that, and if you don’t, explore our website!), so I will attempt to stay focused on the podcast season! When I interviewed for the Communications Associate role, I was asked about creating a podcast series for the program. Being a Speech Communication and Business student, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the challenge of starting a podcast for a nationally known youth mental health program. Fast forward to my first day at mindyourmind, where we sat down and discussed what to envision for this series and being told that turning this vision into a reality was my primary role for the summer (rest assured the team definitely supported me when I found myself struggling or needing opinions).

Woah, talk about a big responsibility for an undergraduate student. After an initial week of shock and minor panic, I learned everything I could about mindyourmind, and podcasting. I think I googled and researched more than one could imagine about podcasting from “what is it” to “how to create a podcast” to “how should I name the series” and anywhere in between. I created an 8-page document of research, and then moved on to listening to all of our amazing artist interviews and establishing episode topics/titles. After what felt like a very slow start of research and content creation, the podcast started to take shape quickly.

Throughout the journey of creating the podcast season that you hear today I have learned a ton (and not just about the process of creating a podcast)! It is arguable that in the past 4.5 months, I have personally grown more than I could have imagined. Prior to this project, I had never worked on a project of this size and importance, let alone be the lead of one! I learned a lot about the ways I worked best, the areas I have strengths in, and the areas I  struggle with. In fact I have probably grown in ways that I cannot see right now but might see in a few weeks, months or years.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made this project possible, from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, to my mentors, to the mindyourmind staff, to you! That’s right - YOU! Without a dedicated follower base who listened to the new podcast episodes each week, the first season would not have been as successful as it is! So, thank you for letting me have this opportunity, and I hope to see future mindyourmind podcast seasons from other amazing hosts in the future!