Changes and Implementations of Federal Policies and Legislation takes time, sometimes it can take years. A disheartening fact but important to recognize when advocating for Mental Health initiatives for any geographical area or population.
600 days ago, An Federal Proposed Bill C-211 was born. An Newly Elected Federal MP took on this Bill and brought it to life, of the reality, the hardships, the dedication, the challenges and the heartbreaking stories of First Responders, Correctional Officers, RCMP, Military and Veterans trying to overcome their Mental Health Injury – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or now verbally known as Post Traumatic Stress Injury. There is that heart wrenching reality that some who dedicated and sacrificed their lives for Canadians could no longer hold on to their pain and took their own life.
Death by Suicide is a very dark fact amongst Police Officers, Paramedics, FireFighters, Correctional Officers, RCMP, Active Soldiers, and Veterans. Stigma continues to be present not only in the public arena but at times within their own services.
So there was a very important job to do, and that was to have Bill C-211 a Federal PTSD Framework to come to light in the House Of Commons. 600 days ago the process of debates began.
For every Private Member’s Bill/Federal Proposed Bill – there are steps to take for it to be recognized of it’s importance. Data and Statistical analysis begins, interviews, collaboration, listening to hours upon hours of traumatic and heartbreaking stories and then the debate (a tiered process) in front of all Federal MP’s to understand why this Bill weighed more than another.
For any Bill to move onto the next stage, they must pass all tiered process or as they call it in the House of Commons – Readings which they are three. Bill C-211, passed 1st reading, the two parts of 2nd reading, the Health Committee, and as of Friday June 16, 2017, passed the 3rd and Final Reading. It now enters into the last phase before it officially passes from a Proposed Bill to a Legislative Bill.
Everyday a life is gone, Everyday someone puts on a uniform whether it be First Responders, Corrections, RCMP, Military or Veteran, and knows that their life becomes second to anyone they protect, serve and save. It’s time to take care of them. It’s time to put them first.
A Quiet Space – Mindfulness embracingempowerment.com/…/A-Quiet-Space-Mindfulness.mov
We all heard of the word and it has become the norm on the “how to” of peace.
We define Mindfulness as being present without judgement in every moment.
Military, First Responders are using the concept of grounding – which means being in the moment, feeling their feet on the ground, what they see in the moment, how they feel in the moment.
Mindfulness can be a useful tool when you suffer from anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness is an umbrella , and underneath it are thousands of tools . The key to understand mindfulness, is to seek which techniques works for you.
Understanding trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Injury (PTSD) isn’t an easy thing, but imagine living with it. Here are a few pointers about how We can help.
Trauma changes people, period. It changes ones physical being as well as how one thinks.
PTSD/Trauma hijacks ones identity. It takes away the one thing they knew for sure. Every moment is looked upon as dangerous, threatening and unpredictable. All the meanwhile one feels helpless, powerless, fearful.
Trauma makes one always on autopilot, a survival mode. Therefore hyper vigilance is pre-dominant. Survival responses are not in the control of the person itself but what they see and in order to protect themselves from further trauma including re-traumatization .
Knowledge is POWER- the more we know and how it is seen through the person suffering from it, the less we become scared of it- we need to normalize the aspects of trauma and PTSD, because it opens the doors to healing for those who wear the wounds within.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds. There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. (excerpt from World Health Organization)
When someone ends their life, everyone is there, we hear ” I feel bad”
” I didn’t see the signs”
“Why did they do it, they had an amazing life”
However if someone was suicidal, everything becomes different. No one wants to hear the facts, the problem or even act that there is an issue. Reality is – being Suicidal isn’t just going to go away.
When your Suicidal, people believe it’s the only option for them and treating this like it is their problem will only bring them to confirm that it is the only option.
So When someone says their suicidal, don’t push them away, or say it’s only in their head, instead be the one who keeps them here – lend a hug, a listening ear and a compassionate heart.
Passion and Knowledge can go far in life, but it can be short lived if there is no action to what you believe in. As a Therapist at Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services our passion comes through on how we empower others to better themselves. We would like to share a few pointers on the driven knowledge and passion that we believe would help others take that courageous step of seeking help.
• When you accept yourself, both the good, the bad and the ugly – you will start to feel peace. I am here to tell you – YOU ARE ENOUGH.
• Learning to say NO is essential part of owning your own happiness. It’s ok to say you have limits. We are innated to please and help others, but when it takes all of who you are, we can become lost. So say NO for you.
• Comparing yourself to others will not get you anywhere. It can either make you feel superior or even feeling not worthy. We are all different who bring in uniqueness to the table. The goal is to find what your unique self brings to the world.
• Communication is Key to any resolution in life. With the technology that we have we forget that sometimes the basic human need is the concept of talk. It can omit life’s heartaches, hurt, pain, anger, sadness, loneliness.
• We are not here to “fix” people, We’re here to advise that you are a person, a human being, that consists of complexity, beauty & uniqueness. We are here to help you understand yourself, and find clarity of what that entails.
Happiness comes through glimpses of HOPE, COMPASSION and HEALING. Our Passion continues with ongoing Call of Action by providing 30 Minute Free Consultation, as we believe that Everyone Deserves Self Care!
According to Mental Health Commission of Canada 1 in 5 People in Canada experiences mental health problem or illness. 70 percent of youth who are dealing with mental health reported that their symptoms began during childhood years. An alarming statistics! Wait times still exist in the mental health industry and the increase of need is ever growing. So how does traditional mental health deliveries overcome such demand? It’s simple. We need to adapt to change.
Many initiatives are being developed every single day in order to better mental health services, but reality is many are not ready to adapt to drastic changes. We are immuned to our old ways. One way to ride the wave is to implement and place into action through simple changes. For example, being able to provide free clinics in order to determine urgency versus ongoing assistance. When a person who is struggling with their own mental health, the wealth of information and services become overwhelming, therefore they are unsure what to do. Simplifying the “how to ” can keep our traditional mental health deliveries alive. Breaking down barriers, bringing up new initiatives is a step to the right direction, but action is what will alter and save a life.
Mental Health Delivery is in crisis and so are many who are struggling with their own mental health – but we can save the omission of traditional delivery by knowing we all want TO BE HEARD and UNDERSTOOD. We cannot bandaid mental health by providing a quick fix to how we deliver services. Take the time to hear someone’s story because it can alter or save someone or even themselves.