I was at the local car wash minding my own business when I ran into the Peel Police Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT).
I thought it was pretty cool and a STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION when it comes to Mental Health response in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.
I briefly spoke to Officer Soodan and his mental health partner (whose name I unfortunately, forgot to ask).
Also, this was a very brief conversation. Much of what I talk about in this video are my own views, based on my own research, and some was from the very short conversation we had.
Maybe in the future, I could sit down and talk with someone who works in the field to actually get them to talk about their work because I think it’s eye-opening and also very cool, that they’ve taken this step.
It’s a step in the right direction.
About the vulnerable persons registry: https://youtu.be/B2lotaAdF1s
Here is a Toronto Star article about MCRRT: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/02/04/peel-police-and-crisis-workers-partner-on-rapid-response-team-for-mental-health-emergencies.html
Read CMHA’s press release regarding MCRRT here: https://cmhapeeldufferin.ca/news/peel-regional-police-launches-the-mobile-crisis-rapid-response-team-mcrrt/
The Vulnerable Persons Registry is a good example of a positive thing that police have created, but falls short of what it’s meant to accomplish.
You can learn about the Peel Vulnerable Persons Registry here: https://www.peelpolice.ca/en/services/vulnerable-persons-registry.aspx#.
Here are the videos this week that I’ve made as a result of the death of Ejaz Choudry in Mississauga on Saturday:
Peel Police shoot and kill man with schizophrenia in Mississauga:
Cop kills mentally ill man and Internet blames the family:
Police Force Family to Go to Psychiatric Hospital for Going on Hunger Strike:
I want to switch gears here a little, and jump the timeline forward to the present, and hopefully share some resources that I wish I knew much earlier on in my journey.
I’ve mentioned that my husband has schizophrenia and PTSD, stemming from his service in the US Army. I also have mental health problems of my own. To top it off, in the spring of 2013, my mom had a stroke.
It was that stroke that brought us to the ER, when we discovered that she had Stage IV Ovarian Cancer.
She underwent emergency surgery that night to install bilateral nephrostomy tubes, because the tumour was so large that her ureters were blocked, and all her pee was backing up into her kidneys.
She was sent home with medication, to wait for a debulking surgery to remove the tumour and all the affected tissue.
But shortly after she was sent home, she had two more strokes: A bleed at the old site, and another ischemic attack. Continue reading “Resources you may actually need! #MentalHealth”