I am an Advanced Care Paramedic in Ontario, with over 11 years of experience. I possess a Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine from Victoria University, for which I received the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010. Along with being an educator with organizations such as Georgian College and the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, I am an avid writer and have published a book titled Save-My-Life School: A first responder’s mental health journey, whose foreword was written by 6-time Canadian Olympian and mental health advocate Clara Hughes, and articles in the Canadian Paramedicine Magazine and the Journal of Emergency Medicine (JEMS). I am also proud to be a BellLet’sTalk Ambassador. I am honoured to have received the John Graves Simcoe Medal of Honour from MPP Alex Nuttal, and to be named one of MPP Ann Hoggarth’s Leading Women in 2017. I also gratefully received the Tema Conter Memorial Resiliency Award in 2017, and the One Woman Fearless Woman Award in 2018. I am a passionate mental health advocate as a post traumatic stress injury, addiction and suicide survivor. I endeavour to break down the barriers of mental health stigma by telling the story of my recovery at awareness events and through this blog, as well as by sharing my peer support model, ‘Wings of Change’, across the Country. I am also proud to have had I voice in the successful implementation of Ontario’s ‘PTSD Bill’, Bill: 163, and Canada’s ‘PTSD Bill’, C-211.
Traumatic calls add up, and we rarely discuss these incidents with co-workers, let alone a trained psychologist.
Asking and talking about it won't cause someone to die by suicide. In fact, the opposite may happen.
09/10/2018 14:12 EDT
It's like a constant battle between the logical and irrational halves of my mind.
07/03/2018 18:46 EDT
It starts with a tightness in my chest — like a rope that is being pulled from both ends around my lungs and heart.
05/03/2018 12:25 EDT
The old me often got frustrated when my kids cried. Now, I realize that frustration came from a lack of knowledge of how to deal with emotions.
04/26/2018 16:29 EDT
Even though I don't walk on the highway nowadays, the memories it gave me, like the ice that often covered it, are frozen in my mind.
04/11/2018 15:41 EDT
Devil's advocates out there may be saying to themselves that I signed up for it, but I didn't.
04/04/2018 13:35 EDT
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more