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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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You can register a vulnerable person in your life: But it doesn’t always work

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:
https://youtu.be/Er_tRZZn-GI

Cop kills mentally ill man and Internet blames the family:
https://youtu.be/zCQz1zbVOQ8

Police Force Family to Go to Psychiatric Hospital for Going on Hunger Strike:
https://youtu.be/N-FV0kexz-g

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Peel Police shoot and kill man with schizophrenia in Mississauga

My heart and my prayers go out to the family of Ejas Choudry.

As someone who’s been in similar situations where I required the assistance of police on a mental health call, I fully support an investigation into what happened, and demand better training so police can de-escalate a mental health call like this using non-lethal force.

I have openly said I support good cops, and think they deserve better funding so they can have better training, and more manpower. That doesn’t mean that I can’t demand change, and demand that they do better, where improvement is needed.

Even though I’ve been in similar situations, I’ve never had it turn out this way so, there are no words.

All I can do is publicly support the family and demand answers on their behalf. Answers for Choudry, will bring to light what needs to be done to ensure this doesn’t happen to another family in the future.

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Anxiety Life Hack: Force Your Body to Calm Down!!

There are times when we feel #triggered, and we can feel our emotions heightening. If we’re able to catch ourselves before we get carried away, there is a #DBT skill called #TIP or #TIPP, which stands for: Temperature Intense Excercise Paced Breathing Progressive Relaxation My favourite out of all that is temperature. It’s saved me from many potentially devastating panic attacks. Hope you find this video helpful!

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Mindfulness is a Superpower

This week, I’m preparing materials to introduce all of you to what seems to be, this new, hip and novel concept of “Mindfulness.”

It’s actually not new but it’s growing in popularity because the science shows that it can help us achieve wise mind.

In preparation for the ideas I’m going to present in my coming video, I wanted to share these awesome videos.

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97920896_2924056897675947_4213273818279444480_oI mentioned in yesterday’s video that emotions are meant to only last 90 seconds. They peak halfway and then dissipate.

Unfortunately, we sometimes poke at our emotions. Sometimes, it’s subconscious, and we’re not even aware that we are triggering the emotion to return or stay, far longer than it’s physiologically meant to. Continue reading