Changing The Way People Think of Mental Health – Friday at 12:00 PM (noon)

Starr Dobson

Starr Dobson

Changing the Way People Think with Starr Dobson is produced by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and hosted by Starr Dobson, President & CEO. The show aims to educate the public on matters related to mental health and mental illness in a thoughtful, engaging way. Changing the Way People Think features interviews with medical experts, mental health first voices, social change-makers, and a wide variety of community members tied to the cause. Mental health concerns impact 1 in 5 Nova Scotians every year, and Changing the Way People Think is working to increase conversation, understanding, and support for those who may be struggling. Listeners can also expect to hear about the Foundation’s upcoming events and campaigns, and ways to get involved. Each episode also features a music component, selected to highlight the week’s special topic.

We hope you enjoy tuning in- by listening, you’re helping change the way people think about mental illness! We invite you to send questions and comments to the show at

About Starr Dobson

Starr Dobson is the President & CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. An acclaimed journalist, best-selling children’s author, and dedicated community volunteer, Starr holds an Honours Journalism Degree from the University of King’s College.

Starr was recently honoured with the Rising Star Award at the 2015 Maritime Philanthropy Awards and is a past recipient of the Special Olympics Nova Scotia Dr. Elizabeth A. Chard Award. She has also received an Atlantic Journalism Award and several RTDNA awards including the Adrienne Clarkson Award and the Dave Rogers Award. Starr currently serves on the Together We Can Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Advisory Committee, the Health Charity Network and the Fountain of Health Core Group Committee. She is the Co-Chair of the Nova Scotia Hospital’s Back to Our Roots Urban Farm. Starr hosts Changing the Way People Think with Starr Dobson, a weekly radio program on CIOE FM, writes a monthly column for the Chronicle Herald’s Senior Living publication and is the newest contributor to Our Children magazine. Starr has served on the Boards of Special Olympics of Nova Scotia and the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. She brings a fresh voice and perspective to the field of mental health fundraising and awareness.