Dementia · Mental Health · Resources

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/

Mental Health

Cop kills mentally ill man and Internet blames the family

I address two things: The idea gaining traction on the web that the family didn’t do enough for Ejaz Choudry, the schizophrenic man shot dead by police in Mississauga Saturday night; and whether or not the officer who killed him, should be arrested for murder. This is probably the most pissed you’ve seen me in a video, in a while.

I try not to be so emotional but when I’m riled up, I’m riled up.

My original reaction to the news is here: https://youtu.be/Er_tRZZn-GI

Mental Health

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.

Mental Health · Resources

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”

Narcissism and Abuse · Religion and Spirituality · Sponsored

Everyone knows how awful *YOU* are…

It’s been no secret that I’m currently enjoying Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Dr Karyl McBride.

The book has three major sections.

Thanks to the holidays, I’ve only been able to make it through the first section, which helps you identify what the problems were in your family growing up.

But despite not being through the entire book yet, there was a concept that stuck out at me and I felt I needed to share it with you.

In the book, Dr. McBride talks about triangulation. Reading about it gave me an “Aha!” moment.

Continue reading “Everyone knows how awful *YOU* are…”

Narcissism and Abuse · Religion and Spirituality

I Grew Up In a Cult

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Ooh. I know this is going to rub my actual friends, who follow me on social media, in all the wrong ways. Before you get offended, read all the way through. Just saying…

I grew up in a cult.

There’s just no other way to put it.

It took me, well, until about now, to be able to even say that, because my religion was a huge part of my identity.

Those of us who were in it since birth, usually say, “I was born in ‘the church.'”

The organization was called The Worldwide Church of God (AKA WCG – you’ll see how funny these acronyms get as we go along; also, watch this video I’ve embedded, if you don’t want to read a dissertation on a cult that doesn’t exist anymore). Continue reading “I Grew Up In a Cult”

Narcissism and Abuse

Narcissistic Parents & Emotional Abuse

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Rarely, do I meet people who conjure up ideas of a woman being the abuser, and the man being the victim, or worse — her child(ren).

We know child abuse happens. There are far too many cases of children dying at the hands of those who brought them into this world.

But I think we tend to think of the man as being the aggressor.

I’m not interested in sexism. That is not my point.

I think that the relationship between a mother and her child, especially a mother and her daughter, has long been painted as a sacred relationship. Continue reading “Narcissistic Parents & Emotional Abuse”