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Finding Free Mental Health Support Online (Support For Anything, Really!)

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This video is my take on Facebook Groups: The Pros and Cons. Why I think that it’s a great place to find people who understand what you may be going through, and can support you when you feel isolated, and feel like no one in your social circle understands.

I am a part of several Facebook groups, not just ones pertaining to trauma and mental health.

I forgot to mention that each group has their own set of rules that you need to agree to, in order to join the group. Failure to adhere to those rules, will usually mean a suspension (you can’t participate) or you’re just booted. Before you get up in arms and talk about censorship, remember that these groups cover sensitive material and in my experience, the admins do a great job balancing free speech, and blatant spam/pointless points/harmful posts.

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I Randomly Met a Peel Police Mental Health Crisis Team

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/

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Police Force Family to Psychiatric Hospital over Hunger Strike

When I heard about this family just outside Hamilton, Ontario, being detained under the Mental Health Act, I was furious: https://153news.net/watch_video.php?v….

I set out to do as much research as I could about what happened. In my experience, it’s very difficult to get the police to help you attain a Form 2.

If you have a family member who has a severe mental illness and could potentially harm themselves, or others, the burden of proof is so high, it’s often unsuccessful. So, my initial reaction was anger, when I saw that the police decided to use this valuable tool against an entire family. I was fired up.

But the more research I did, the more I realized that some of the things they have openly said online, could be used as evidence for a legal detention under the mental health act.

Let’s be clear here, I’m neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the acts of the police. I am saying that on my own, in my own independent research, there’s sufficient evidence here for ANYONE to request a Form 2 against at least the individual or individuals who have been posting on behalf of this family online. Continue reading “Police Force Family to Psychiatric Hospital over Hunger Strike”

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Graduating from Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Therapy

Certificate Graduation

Well, would you look at that?

I graduated.

I actually went through the entire 10 weeks, despite saying that this thing was probably not for me.

Sadly, I lost the last three weeks of in-person group therapy, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines.

I was hoping that they would postpone the program and I’d be able to make up the last three weeks at a later date.

Unfortunately, they opted for one-on-one phone sessions, which were valuable, but were certainly not the same.

I was able to get all the material emailed to me.

And here we are.

I gave it a chance and I ended up loving it Continue reading “Graduating from Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Therapy”

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Resources you may actually need! #MentalHealth

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”