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One Day in the Sandbox for Don Sorochan

Don Sorochan is a renowned defence and constitutional Canadian lawyer who happened to have a couple of neighbours who’s kids were blown up, shot up or damaged whilst serving for the Canadian Armed Forces.  He was horrified to discover just how little Canada cares for those who have served when they become useless and injured. He decided to do something about it. So EQUITAS was born and a fight for Canadian Armed Forces personnel began that has seen Don work tirelessly, alongside his old firm Miller Thomson, for the fair treatment of Canadian men and women over the last five years. I wanted him to have something that told the story of those men and women he fights for.  And this, as best as I could do, is it. (Sorochanlaw.com – for more details of his incredible man) The day I tried to represent in this piece was…

Brian McKenna on Employment Questions: “So, what do you do now?”

I’ve answered this one a thousand ways. It is by far, my most hated question to answer in the world of mental health. It’s also one of the clearest ways to see that the stigma of mental health issues is still alive and well. After all, you’re not reeeeeeally injured per se, right? I mean you are, sure, but not like those guys missing limbs? Kate’s comment: Brian visibly freezes when asked this question, his shoulders hunch and he stares at his feet.  The first time I saw his reaction from across the room but hadn’t heard the question; I tend to watch his body language without even realizing it.  Don’t underestimate the impact this topic has on your man’s psyche and his view of himself. I learned when I was first using my PTSD service dog, that you need some answers in a can. You need 5 or 6…

America: why this ARTIST loves & defends her

You cannot be, I know, nor do I wish to see you, an inactive spectator… We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them Abigail Adams Abigail Adams to my mind is one of the greatest heroines of all time, yet I bet the majority reading this post have never heard of her.  When we think of the founders of the dream that was America and now is the greatest power on our planet I wonder we don’t study those around the founders more?  Christopher Marshall was an apothecary (pharmacist) and a committed patriot (even though he was a Quaker), a friend of John Adams, said: The rich, the poor, the high professor and the profane, seem all to be infected with their grievous disorder, so that the love of our neighbour seems to be quite banished, the love of self and opinions so far…

How to help a PTSD Brain: the do’ and don’ts

I’m in a unique position of having to take my own advice and I don’t really wanna. I’d like to tell some folks what to do, and what not to do, but I just finished a blog and posted it last week about that very thing. The risk of telling people definitively what works and what doesn’t. Instead of do and don’t do, I’m going to tailor it. Here goes. I’m going to call them “perhaps you oughtas” and “ WTF were you thinking.” Perhaps you oughta give them some time to get their groove back.  Let me tell you a little story. No trauma porn*, but a coping story or rather one that highlights a failure in coping. One normal day in 2014, I found myself with a wobbly tire on Highway 99. Highway 99 is of no significance really, other than having extremely small shoulders on the…