Mental Health and Healing From a Civil War Trauma | Dr. Joan speaks with Sydney Conteh Part 1

In the journey of life, we all play a unique part. Let us embrace the stories, learn from the insights, and together weave a narrative of courage, growth, and celebration.


Unveil the tapestry of the human experience in this week's episode of Hey, I'm Listening. Join us as we engage in an insightful conversation with Sydney Conteh, delving fearlessly into the intricate realms of mental health and strength, from fragility to vulnerability to the unexpected territory of poetry.

In this episode, we cast a spotlight on the dynamic landscape of youth advocacy, witnessing how the younger generation is reshaping the very fabric of our world. Journey with us as we uncover the transformative power of education, a guiding force in nurturing personal growth.

More than that, we land our discussion on the enchanting beauty of African heritage, exploring its profound influence on our identity and the compelling narrative it weaves into our lives. Tune in to Hey, I'm Listening this week and unravel how these diverse themes bind together. This is a compelling journey you don't want to miss.

Episode Highlights

  • Exploring the intricate realms of mental health, strength, and vulnerability. 

  • Uncovering the creativity behind poetry and writing in general.

  • Explore the dynamic landscape of youth advocacy, and how the younger generation is actively reshaping the world and contributing to societal change.

  • Gain an inspiring emphasis on the transformative power of education and its role in fostering personal growth. 

  • Celebrating African heritage and highlighting its profound influence on identity.

  • Navigating the dynamic topic of personal growth.

About Sydney Conteh 

Sydney is a Sierra Leonean-born writer, poet, and author who was born during the Sierra Leonean civil war. He specializes in poetry, his poems cover a wide range of racial, youth advocacy, and war.  Sydney has worked in youth advocacy for the last six years, he has been a playworker, coached athletics, and been a teaching assistant, this gives Sydney an insight into the lives of young people that enhances the reach of his youth advocacy poems. 

Sydney is a published poet, podcast host (Thando writing, available on Spotify), and host on the Sway Vine. He is a passionate person overall and strongly believes in pushing goodness into the world through his books. One interesting fact about Sydney is that he loves all things storytelling.

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About Dr. Joan

Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis, Ph.D., is an award-winning Canadian speaker and authority on trauma recovery, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Joan has specialized in promoting the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities for over a decade through her groundbreaking trauma recovery strategy, The Forgiveness Method.

Her career as an individual, couples, and family psychotherapist has helped countless people heal from their past, transform their mental health, overcome challenges, and reclaim their lives.

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