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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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Periscope Test~Nunavut Teens Join Toronto Graffiti Artists For Street Art Mural

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Toronto Cops Shine Bright At #PrideTO * Social Media Reveals Good & Bad For #Pride Worldwide

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

“Mental Health & Well-Being Belongs to Us! Parents as Partners: Taking Action Together” was the theme of the 1st annual Toronto District School Board Parents Symposium on Mental Health & Well-Being Saturday May 9, 2015 at Earl Haig Secondary School. Presenting #SoMe To Save & Improve Lives #MentalHealth Parent Symposium — Scott Mills… Continue Reading

Investigating A ‘Tweet Suicide’: Real Life Story of Commuinty & Cops Helping To Save A Life #MentalHealth

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Gathering of the Four Directions Teaches Kids & Cops To Get Involved In Community & Know Ancestry

Click here for link to several pictures from the day taken by Constable Scott Mills of Toronto Police Service Corporate Communications that are free to use by anyone. No permission required. Official News Release of the event: Gathering of the Four Directions Broadcast time: 09:20 Sunday, June 8, 2014 Divisional Policing Support Unit 416-808-7046 On… Continue Reading

Community Connections at Blyth Academy Thornhill For Success & Safety @BlythEducation

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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

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