Category Archives: Community Building

Suicide Is Preventable~All Affected & All Psychological Injuries Need To Be Included In Wording Of #C211 Legislation

Saving & Improving Lives Needs The Proper Wording In Legislation

There is much buzz about “PTSD” (let’s call it PTSI) in the media, and now at the Canadian Federal Parliament with a vote March 8, 2017 on Private Members’ Bill C-211.

Any legislation should be all inclusive of people and of all phychological diagnosis’.

Saskatchewan seems to be the only Canadian jurisdiction to get this right. Read media report here about what Saskatchewan is doing.

All people who have advocated for and are supporting Bill C-211 should be congratulated and have acted in good faith. However, we must do this right, and do it right the first time around, not ‘get a foot in the door’.

The reality is that those who experience Post Traumatic Stress see their situation as an ‘injury’, not a ‘disorder’, so the very name of Bill C-211 as the “PTSD Bill” is offensive to many, despite being drafted with the best of intentions.

Paramedics/Ambulance, Police, Fire, Corrections, Military, Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers, and all people who provide services to help others should be included.

There are many other psychological injuries that exist (other than PTSD), and actually are far more common than PTSI. Having stated this, those who suffer from PTSI legitimately experience many challenges every day.

Any legislation should be all inclusive of all psychological injuries, not just PTSI. Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Addictions and several other medical diagnoses affect all people, including first responders, public safety officers and military personnel.

As a cop who has been involved in the mental health system as both a professional and a patient, it is critical to work collaboratively, and language matters. So many of us fall through the cracks in the wording of legislation. This is improving, but we must slow the press down and get the wording absolutely right based on the best and latest reality.

Below are links to several key resources that should be read and understood by all who are advocating for, working in the mental health space, and are patients in this space. In particular, our legislators need to take note of the proper wording and be all inclusive in their approach.

I have talked to psychologists, registered psychotherapists, peer support people, advocates and politicians about this issue, and they all agree that the language must be all inclusive, yet the wording of the current Bill C-211 is not all inclusive, nor is the recent ‘presumptive legislation’ passed in Ontario.

Let’s please collaborate and get this right at the Committee stage. People’s lives will depend on getting it right.

Thanks to everyone who are working hard to achieve success. Let’s not be fooled that the language matters. Let’s just please get this right.

(October/2016) Healthy Minds, Safe Communities. The first substantial report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security. The report looks at how the government can support public safety officers through a national strategy for Occupational Stress Injuries

Watch debate in House of Commons on Bill C-211 March 6, 2017

Read Bill C-211

Read “Healthy Minds, Safe Communities” Report

Read Ontario’s Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (unfortunately only mentions PTSD)

Read Saskatchewan Legislation

Read Leading Experts In Treating Mental Health For First Responders Paulette Laidlaw & Kent Laidlaw

Mental Health~Resources For Improvement of Services For All ” target=”_blank”>Many resources are collected here on a twitter moment

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All welcome to @EndStigma at Dinner~Waterfalls Illumination~Hike~Campfire #OneBraveNight #SunriseSelfies

If you wish to attend #OneBraveNight with Team One Love and/or Team Damoff and are worried about timings and a ride, please email Scott Mills scotmills@gmail.com and arrangements can be made to pick you up at a west end GO Train station when you are able to arrive. Arrangements will also be made to get… Continue Reading

The Vagina Monologues~Flato Markham Theatre~International Women’s Day #IWD2016

Amazing celebration of International Women’s Day 2016 occurred at the Flato Markham Theatre Monday February 29, 2016. Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues was presented, directed/produced by tireless community social justice advocate Angel Freedman. A few photos are posted here and can be used/shared by anyone (no permission required) The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler Monday… Continue Reading

[Blog] What Is Social Alchemy? & Why It Is Important For Social Media Professionals

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10 Social Media Tips For Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers @CSOntario #OACS2015

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#MentalHealth & Well Being @TDSB Parent Symposium ‘Social Media For Success & Safety’

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Boating safety & @BoomersFishing Success Happening From @Bronte_Events Social Media Workshop

Post by Bronte Village BIA Oakville. Bronte Business Improvement Association, known as the ‘Bronte BIA’ has embraced social media for success and safety in a big way in 2015! This is very exciting for an area of the world that has a special place in my heart! I find myself today sitting with Guy Smith… Continue Reading

440 New Bed Kits For Sleeping Children Around The World @SCAW100

440 new bedkits are donated thanks to Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School students in Toronto, Ontario Canada raising #15,420 for Sleeping Children Around The World. Hockey star Dave Dryden+Sleeping Children Around The World @Scaw100 announce 440 bed kits from donors @mcluhancss ^sm pic.twitter.com/PSyiBZZdW6 — Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) January 21, 2015 Sgt Jim Browne @TPS52 has… Continue Reading

See what over 4 million people overheard at Norwich University in Vermont at #CSISymposium 2014

Amazing human being Amanda Blain helped a courageous mother named Carol Todd raise awareness using her over 4 million Google Plus connections to help stop cyber bulling and teen suicides at the 7th annual “CSI Symposium” at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont on Wednesday April 23, 2014. Teen Amanda Todd committed suicide after posting a youtube… Continue Reading

#RealTimeCrisis at #CACP #MHCC #MHPolice Conference Saving & Improving Lives Using Relationships & Technology

Conf to Improve Interactions With Persons with Mental Illness – Downloadable Presentations #MHpolice http://t.co/rNVlsp66UR — CACP / ACCP (@CACP_ACCP) April 11, 2014 Real Time Crisis Intervention is a not for profit Canadian corporation with the goal of improving and saving lives using relationships and technology. For a complete overview of what “Real Time Crisis Intervention”… Continue Reading