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FOT #13 - Mental Health First-Aid for the workplace, laughing at Old Settler's Remedies, how using comedy facilitates healing

Flight of Thoughts

Release Date: 02/11/2019

Shifting perspectives on death, exploring societal structures and the crisis of meaning show art Shifting perspectives on death, exploring societal structures and the crisis of meaning

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Before embarking on an adventure to India to explore and film, Sébastien Clérmont joins me in a coffee shop to discuss the various ways that our society copes with death and dying.  We talk about how other cultures view death and how we may shift ours to a healthier and more effective way to cope. Throughout the conversation we touch on the crisis of meaning that human beings face.  Sebastien shares what he has learned about human behaviour and what his experiences show him about growth. 

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Supervised Consumption Sites, avoiding burnout, and addressing stigma in neurodiversity show art Supervised Consumption Sites, avoiding burnout, and addressing stigma in neurodiversity

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This episode summarizes some of what I've noticed in my first run of shifts doing harm reduction and overdose response.  I also talk about stigma in cannabis users and other populations of drug-users.  This episode introduces this topic that will be explored with future guests!  I bring up neurodiversity, a concept I hope to explore more as well.

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Supervised Consumption Sites, avoiding burnout, and addressing stigma in neurodiversity show art Supervised Consumption Sites, avoiding burnout, and addressing stigma in neurodiversity

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This episode summarizes some of what I've noticed in my first run of shifts doing harm reduction and overdose response.  I also talk about stigma in cannabis users and other populations of drug-users.  This episode introduces this topic that will be explored with future guests!  I bring up neurodiversity, a concept I hope to explore more as well.

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Harnessing Cannabis for Healing and How Psychedelics Can Help show art Harnessing Cannabis for Healing and How Psychedelics Can Help

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Flight Of Thoughts #20 goes into how I have harnessed the healing potentials of cannabis, and share tips on how you can find out how to use cannabis effectively for YOUR body.  Everyone can be affected differently by cannabis so find your perfect cannabinoid profiles and stick to them! I also explain how psychedelics may help with psychological healing as well.

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FOT #19 - How to Manage a Difficult Psychedelic Experience, Raising Harm Reduction Awareness in Downtown Toronto show art FOT #19 - How to Manage a Difficult Psychedelic Experience, Raising Harm Reduction Awareness in Downtown Toronto

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Flight Of Thoughts Episode 19 was recorded at Balsam Lake camp ground in Ontario, Canada. I share the most updated advice and information on preparing set/setting/intention, and managing a difficult psychedelic experience. These techniques also work on de-escalating emotional crisis or working through emotional trauma. The second part of this episode discusses what it is like promoting psychedelic healing and research in downtown Toronto; despite the stigma and push back from some of the public.

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FOT #18 - Overcoming the War On Drugs, Respecting Psychedelics, and Healing With Ayahuasca show art FOT #18 - Overcoming the War On Drugs, Respecting Psychedelics, and Healing With Ayahuasca

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Sébastien Clermont joins me to talk about his new short documentary on the rise of psychedelic medicines and the war against drugs; called Forbidden Fruits.  We discuss how we are overcoming the war against psychedelics and gaining the right to heal with these alternative medicines. We also discuss how we must respect these powerful substances and avoid the harm that may come from going into them without proper education and preparation.

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FOT #17 - Opioid Crisis, Addiction, and Overdose Prevention show art FOT #17 - Opioid Crisis, Addiction, and Overdose Prevention

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Vito (@papaviitz ) joins me to discuss the opioid crisis in North America.  We cover the history of opioid use in our culture, both medically and recreationally. This includes the factors that caused this epidemic to get worse over the last 30 years.  The complexity of addiction and how opioids work on the brain are also discussed to help educate those who are curious. This includes how to recognize and respond to an overdose, using naloxone/narcan.

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FOT #16 - Psychedelic experiences, surreal moments in film, and finding meaning in life show art FOT #16 - Psychedelic experiences, surreal moments in film, and finding meaning in life

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Filmmaker, Luke Montgomery (Montgomery Picture) joins me to talk about how psychedelics have influenced our mental health, along with the current research and mental health benefits.  We discuss how to avoid abusing psychedelics, how to hold space for an experience, and the proper integration of set/setting/intention to avoid negative consequences.  Another area that we discuss is how struggling with depression can in some cases come from a loss of meaning and negative framing of circumstances.

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FOT #15 - Suicide, mental health emergencies, and where we can improve in healthcare show art FOT #15 - Suicide, mental health emergencies, and where we can improve in healthcare

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Derek (Advanced Care Paramedic) and I discuss the topic of suicide and how to effectively provide suicide intervention. This includes talking about the stigma, the importance of building connection through listening, and how to have a conversation about suicide.  Suicide and Overdose are the leading causes of death in North America, above heart attacks and car accidents; yet most people do not understand these issues or how to properly save the life of someone who is struggling with it. 

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FOT #14 - Recognizing signs of psychological trauma in yourself, healthy ways to cope with trauma,  breaking the stigma around PTSD in Emergency Services, and the mental health benefits of essential oils and terpenes   show art FOT #14 - Recognizing signs of psychological trauma in yourself, healthy ways to cope with trauma, breaking the stigma around PTSD in Emergency Services, and the mental health benefits of essential oils and terpenes

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An Advanced Care Paramedic who is hitting 15 years of experience in EMS, takes us through several topics that all connect to mental & physical health and wellness. Derek elaborates on the struggles he has faced as a paramedic and his journey to overcoming them. We shed more light on how common mental health problems are among first responders and why we tend to hide them.

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My friend Charlie (Paramedic/911 call-taker) joins me to share some mental health first aid tips that you can use in the workplace when noticing a co-Worker is struggling or needs support

We discuss the different symptoms and peer-support interventions for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, and disorders of psychosis.  We explain the neurological processes of each disorder and how to react to assist someone experiencing a crisis related to them.  I also share the latest research on how psychedelics can be used to heal addictions and mental health disorders!

Dark comedy is an amazing tool to process trauma and are effective measures to tell if you have healed or have processed passed traumatic experiences.  We explain the neurological processes that make being “offended” a choice we just overcome unless our immediate life is threatened.  Being offended at jokes or words people use will ruin your sense of true threat and danger by confusing your fight or flight circuits.  Overcoming negative emotions and working to process them make us stronger.

We also look at a book of Old Settler’s Remedies and laugh at how they used to treat medical problems and emergencies hundreds of years ago!

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This podcast is uncensored and covers many topics considered “taboo” or difficult for some individuals. We do not condone any illegal activities, as this is a platform for harm reduction and open-dialogue.  Although the ideas are mostly evidence-based and honest, the lines of reality and comedy may be blurred at times...this is your trigger warning!