Rob Farina, the broadcasting executive who left his position at Rogers Media earlier this month after sending an “urgent letter” to fellow broadcasters calling for the boycott of Republic Records signings, posted a candid, personal note on his Facebook page explaining in detail the cause of what many perceived as bizarre behavior.
In the lengthy post Farina, who was vice president of programming & content at Rogers Radio, admits to being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder while working as program director at radio station CHUM FM. He said he kept his condition quiet from all but a few, concluding that by not being more forthcoming he has been contributed to the stigma around mental health. Farina explains that the side effects of going off his prescription medication caused him to act impulsively and erratically.
Farina’s social media post shares a title — “Let’s Talk” — with Bell Media’s $50 million, 5-year mental health campaign that has become a Canadian catch phrase to erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues, especially in the workplace.
Bell — which is the company Farina took aim at in his original letter because he perceived the new president of entertainment production and broadcasting, Randy Lennox, was pulling some strings to get exclusive promotional content with such acts as The Weeknd and Ariana Grande — recently pledged another $50 million for an additional five years “to help create a stigma-free Canada and drive action in mental health care, research and the workplace.”
Farina praised Rogers Media for the way they have handled his situation, calling them “an amazing team” and that he has “nothing but stellar things to say about the company.” He says he is taking a break to focus on his health and plans a return to Canada in January.
Canadians in need of assistance with mental health issues can seek help via the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s “Mental Health First Aid” website.