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September 2017

What I’ve Learned As A Mom With Mental Illness

On this episode of BrainStorm: What I’ve learned as a Mom with mental illness and injury with respect to sharing emotions and being honest about your feelings.

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Katherine Pomerleau – Peer Support 

On this episode of BrainStorm: Katherine Pomerleau is the Program Administrator for Wings of Change – Peer Support. Overcoming adversity herself, Katherine has been a dedicated advocate for First Responder Wellness. She is a Registered Nurse, currently working on a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and serves as an educator to other Health Care professionals..

 

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Wings of Change – Peer Support

On this episode of BrainStorm: I talk about Wings of Change, a peer support group I developed with the help of many other amazing first responders & healthcare professionals. This is a great preview into how the meetings are run.

 There are now 14 chapters in Canada. 

Locations: http://www.ivegotyourback911.com/events/

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3 Questions Answered

On this episode of BrainStorm: I discuss why we isolate, why it’s so difficult to ask for mental health help and why we can sometimes feel alone in a crowd. …

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Looking To Smash A Broken Record

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I’m still searching for some meaning here. I’ve been ‘here’ before – figuratively and literally. I’m at Save-My-Life Summer School, where I hope to bump up my grades. “What grades?”, you may be asking. Well, my grades in coping with life and PTSD symptoms. I’m so grateful, don’t get me wrong. Like SO grateful. But no matter how you look at it, summer school sort of sucks.

I have a feeling that I will have a breakthrough – but alas, it’s only day three for God’s sake. I need to be a bit gentler on myself.

I actually bored of writing right now. No epiphanies to share. I’m numb. Completely numb. Like a robot walking the halls, emotionless and cold. I wish I had some feeling of connection to this life beyond being a mom; that connection is inherent. I mean a connection to a person or an experience. A connection to a feeling.

There were lots of spiders outside this morning. One even crawled onto my hand. A baby one. I passed it to my neighbour and he passed it to his. Without words, just passing spiders so delicately, like balancing a fragile egg on our finger nails, fearful that it would fall. It was moved safely to the seat beside us to go on with it’s merry day. It’s funny how none of us even came close to killing it. We’ve experienced enough trauma that even killing a spider is too much to bear. Well at least that’s my view of the experience.

I get so tired of feeling like a skipping record when I share what feels like the same story over and over with yet another nurse or doctor. I’m grateful – but I’m tired. The skipping record laughs at me and taunts me. Just when I think I’ve reached the end of the damn record, it skips and starts again. I wish I could just smash that record! Smash it into smithereens. Jump on it and scream for it to never play again. The pieces wouldn’t even deserve to be swept up. They don’t deserve my attention anymore. They don’t deserve my breath, my energy, my time. And I don’t deserve to be a broken record. Maybe I will smash it over the next eight weeks. It would feel so wonderful to have a different story. This one seems so pointless now.

Dr. Anita Federici

On this episode of BrainStorm: I chat with Dr. Anita Fedrici, who is an expert in the field of eating disorders. Learn what an eating disorder is and what treatment looks like for them. What the prevalence is in boys and men. How we can reduce the stigma, support our loved ones, and more…
 
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National Initiative for Eating Disorders
 
 

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