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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”

Dementia · Mental Health · Resources

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”