Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to fund cannabis research

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is planning to spend $10 million over five years to research the positive and negative impacts of cannabis on mental health. This is all happening now, two or three months before the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

They will be looking at  “The negative impacts of cannabis use on mental health outcomes, the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids, the influence of mental health problems and illnesses on patterns of cannabis use, and the experiences and needs of diverse populations who live with cannabis use disorder and/or a mental illness are not well understood. ”

Canada has one of the highest cannabis consumption rates in the world, with more than 40 per cent of Canadians reporting they had used it at least once in their lifetime. Fifty-four per cent of youth in Canada report using cannabis before grade 12.

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

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What about Canada? (UK’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and Australia’s Better Access)

“Equitable access to psychotherapy is a striking gap in Canada,” says Bartram. Allied mental health professionals, such as clinical psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists, are excluded from provincial and territorial health insurance plans. Over 12 million Canadians without access to employer-funded psychotherapy and psychological services are left to pay out-of-pocket or wait for limited publicly funded services.

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Brain Builders


This is a great video (4 minutes) that explains how to influence child brain development in a positive way. Each time a child is stressed through TOXIC stress it makes the balanced brain development of a child more difficult. This is a good video from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.

http://www.albertafamilywellness.org/resources/video/how-brains-are-built-core-story-of-brain-development

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Panic attacks and anxiety

Panic attacks and anxiety can be very confusing when they happen. We often feel frustrated because parts of our life become closed off from us, we fear things that are actually safe, we avoid things we used to love and our overall quality of life is diminished.
One of the frustrating things can be understanding what “triggers” the event and how to stop the pattern. The idea of over-coupling can provide insight into this challenging process.

https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/why-do-i-feel-this-way-over-coupling-stress-response-0411184

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Medical Trauma PTSD and Suffering

Symptoms such as foggy thinking, high startle response, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, fast heart rate, and shallow berating can show up after medical interventions for yourself or loved ones.

With all good intentions our medical system strives to help in many ways. We may struggle with personal medical issues or medical issues with our kids and loved ones while doctors and nurses strive to support our healing. At times (too often it seems) our systems are overloaded and traumatized by the medical interventions our body experiences.

Trauma causes suffering but it does not have to plague us for our entire lives, seek help with a professional mental health practitioner.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/ptsd-in-the-hospital-why-the-emotional-scars-of-serious-illnesses-linger-long-after-treatment-1.4590370

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Eliminating Seclusion and Restraints from the Healthcare System

This has been a practice for many years and it causes deep and lasting trauma to the patients as well as the mental health practitioners inflicting such treatment.

Sheryl Pedersen, a member of the MHCC Advisory Council and a mental health advocate who has dealt with mental health challenges described the trauma of her many seclusions and the forcible takedowns where she was stripped and injected with medication. “I’m terrified of going to a hospital because I don’t know what they’re going to do to me.”

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https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/catalyst-march-2018-mhcc-forum-seclusion-and-restraints

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Letters from Generation Rx (2017)

Last night I spent $2.49 CAD

After doing some noodling around on Gabor Mate’s web site I found a reference to a new documentary.  Letters from Generation Rx (2017), 1h 30 min, 18 July 2017 (USA), “This powerful film explores the science behind antidepressants, their effects on the brain and the horrific experiences endured by patients and their loved ones.”

I highly recommend this documentary! I believe it is important to make the best choices we can in difficult situations and the way to do that is by becoming informed, a fully informed choice is the best starting point.

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Dr. Gabor Maté

Dr. Gabor Maté

Working from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV. “Did you know that ADD/ADHD, MS, Prostate cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and many other diseases, as well as addictions of all kinds are linked to trauma? Gabor’s books, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Scattered, and When the Body Says No go into depth with the research to support his assertions.”

Please check out this 50 minute podcast released April 7, 2017

http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/5241791

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UNREPENTANT: Canada’s Residential Schools Documentary

This documentary is important for all to see. This is a part of our Canadian history and in many ways part of our ongoing Canadian culture. In my view it is important that we all have full disclosure and see the truth.

Healing starts to happens once the full truth is known and corrective action is taken. This documentary from (2006) is a window into a very dark part of our Canadian history.

"This award winning documentary reveals Canada's darkest secret - the deliberate extermination of indigenous (Native American) peoples and the theft of their land under the guise of religion. This never before told history as seen through the eyes of this former minister (Kevin Annett) who blew the whistle on his own church, after he learned of thousands of murders in its Indian Residential Schools." 



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