Warning: Portions of this post may be triggering for some. Mentions violence, death, and suicide.           I take it with me wherever I go. The red blanket. It is a small 4’x5′ patch[…]

Trauma-Informed Care is a relatively recent concept that is growing in acceptance. In contrast to other kinds of care, it starts with the assumption that the person receiving care (counseling, therapeutic, medical, etc.) has experienced trauma. Therefore,[…]

I had a different article planned for today, but a couple of things have happened in the last couple of days that hit home and I wanted to write about these. Michelle Carter was found guilty of[…]

As I wrote previously, one of Jamie MacWhirter’s triggers is getting stuck behind a slow driver. This is not surprising as he served a tour in Afghanistan as a truck driver with the 1st Service Battalion, and being[…]

We have been talking a lot about peer support, its benefits and what it can look like. The Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada work in partnership to deliver Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS). The[…]

I just finished reading Empty Casing: A Soldier’s Memoir of Sarajevo Under Siege by Fred Doucette. We previously reviewed his book, Better Off Dead, which was about OSI in the Canadian military and his decade as a peer[…]

I was asked to share my views and journey about mental health and support and I was hesitant not because I didn’t have anything to say, but because no matter how “okay” you are with your mental[…]

This post appears off-schedule our usual publication schedule for two reasons. One, it’s Memorial Day in the United States. For many, it’s a day of grilling and picnics. IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) is encouraging[…]

Returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today are scores of warriors who are dealing with the effects of operating in a war zone. The mental health institution is suffering from a deluge of patients who[…]

We previously wrote about a study of e-mental health technologies by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). The technologies that are considered in the report include mobile apps, social media, wearable devices, robots, telemedicine, big data,[…]

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