Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Employers Must Address Emotional Trauma In The Workplace

Bill Wilkerson | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Business
Bill Wilkerson

In the wake of Paris, employers must remain alert to the potential "emotional aftermath" of terrorist attacks among employees. Such events can cause considerable potential trauma and anxiety for workers, and employers have a responsibility to ensure that the workplace remains a venue of safety, security and open discourse.

What You Can Say To Someone Traumatized About Paris

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

We don't have to have been in Paris on Friday to be deeply affected by this event. What do we need to know to protect our mental wellness?

These Mounties Want PTSD Sufferers To Know They're Not Alone

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Impact

"I have PTSD. And you are not alone."

Colorado Mulls Adding PTSD As Eligible Condition for Medical Pot

CP | Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada

Adults over 21 can buy marijuana, but medical patients can possess twice as much

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Transforming Our Society

Charles Francis | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living
Charles Francis

Today, people who meditate are seen as progressive and open-minded. Whatever term we may use to describe them, they are generally loving, kind, generous, insightful, and willing to help others achieve the same rich and fulfilling lives they have.

I Have Been Losing Time to PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Over the past few years, I've written extensively about, and on many occasions have spoken candidly of my struggles with addiction, mental health issues, and sexual violence. I have grown to believe that the greatest antidote to fear is honesty, and it's with this in mind, that I share the following with you. For the past few months, I've engaged in a convoluted relationship with time. It all started out rather innocent. Hours were slipping away from me, and I had absolutely no idea how to account for that lost time.

How To Get Management To Break Up With Your Boss

Craig Dave | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Business
Craig Dave

A workplace bully mistakenly believes that hassling, nagging, micro-managing, and scolding others is the only way to "get things done." From the outside looking in, it's clear that these individuals, whether they are co-workers or managers, suffer from a distinct lack of imagination.

I'm Running a Triple Marathon to Show the Resilience of Sexual Assault Survivors

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As a scared child, I ran away from the abuse around me, and as an adult, I used drugs and alcohol to run away from the trauma inside me. But here's the interesting part -- shortly after I got clean and sober, I actually took up the sport of running. This fall, I will be running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in the same day (126.6 km), not as a fundraiser, but simply to show others how resilient we are, even after the trauma of sexual violence. But most importantly, I hope that my campaign will build upon the momentum we are starting to see in the media about the prevalence of sexual violence and the need to address the countless lives that lay in its wake.

I've Learned to Live With PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

My name is Jean-Paul, and I am in treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Hearing me say that usually elicits one of two responses in people -- abject pity or recoiling fear. I want you to know that I understand where you're coming from, but allow me a few minutes to see if we can change this dialogue.

Mountie's Death A Terrible Loss: RCMP

CP | Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada

FREDERICTON - The death of RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, who helped draw attention to post-traumatic stress disorder among emergency first responders, is a t...

What We Learned From This Terrifying Flight

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Thirteen years ago next week marks what could have been a grim anniversary: Air Transat Flight 236, bound to Lisbon from Toronto, crash-land...

'People Have Committed Suicide During The Wait Periods'

CBC | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada

Canadian soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder have waited up to six months for assessments and treatment, CBC News has learned. ...

Officer Takes Own Life Years After Bus Beheading

Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada

An RCMP officer, who was among the first officers to respond to a horrific scene aboard a Greyhound bus, has reportedly taken his own life. The fam...

Edmonton Veteran Finds Unique Way To Cope With PTSD

CBC | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

Watching Trevor Petersen standing on his paddleboard, wading calmly through the water, you would never know he suffers from a debilitating disorder. ...

Breaking the Silence Around PTSD in the Military

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

No one would question a cancer diagnosis, or any other medicial condition, except when it comes to PTSD. Suddenly, everyone is a mental health expert. Nobody would dare question cancer, but PTSD? Fair game. In fact, it would be unthinkable to even not question it. The military culture demands it.

Snug Vest Is Therapeutic, Stylish Hug For Kids With Autism

John F. Gray | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

While volunteering and working with autistic children, Lisa Fraser noticed one of the key therapeutic devices of the day was, in her eyes, really ugly. The weighted vests was like slapping a label on kids and saying "Hey, look at me! I'm different." She believed that bringing a better design and even some style into these kids' lives, was an endeavour worth pursuing.

Vet Shares War Stories To Help Heal From PTSD

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Daniel Lafontaine's accounts of life in war-torn Bosnia send chills down the spines of his listeners.His first-hand account of life as a hos...

Real Soldiers Don't Get PTSD

Aviva Rubin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpgTurns out the Department of National Defence is eliminating the jobs of medical professionals involved in suicide prevention and monitoring post-traumatic stress disorders. Aren't these cuts a little short-sighted?

Veterans Say Feds Denying Travel Benefits To See Psychiatrists

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2011 | Canada Politics

Former members of the Canadian military who are struggling with mental health problems say they're being denied benefits from Veterans Affairs to cove...

Don't Cut Programs for Military Families: Spouses Are the Key to Troop Reintegration

Edward Jackson | Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada
Edward Jackson

Today, veterans are coming back to a country that never really suffered during the war. Forget those elegant, top-down accounts of the noble victories of commanders. For the military employees who actually do the fighting on the ground, war is horrific beyond imagination. And the horror is coming home.

The Battle Goes On

The Canadian Press | Dene Moore | Posted 09.01.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - Bombardier Matt Coles remembers thinking the bullets had missed him. In the frenzied moments after he and his ser...