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Flight Of Thoughts

The hub that connects emergency medicine, mental health, psychedelic research, harm reduction, and education.

Who I am:

Primary Care Paramedic (AEMCA)

Addictions & Mental Health Worker (AMHW)

Harm Reduction Worker (Overdose Prevention)

Certified Instructor for C.P.R., First-Aid, & Mental Health First-Aid 

Cannabis Health and Wellness Consultant

Host of the Flight of Thoughts podcast

 

Flight of Thoughts - Instagram Page

Follow me on Instagram @jake_flightofthoughts for ongoing updates on the podcast and new content on these topics! 

To suggest topics, guests or to reach the show, e-mail flightofthoughts.podcast@gmail.com or message me on Instagram.

 

The Psychedelic Society Of First Responders and Emergency Workers

The Psychedelic Society of First Responders and Emergency Workers is active and thriving on FaceBook!  Like and follow our page for first responders and emergency workers (i.e. paramedic, firefighter, police, military, nurse, doctor, crisis worker, counsellor, etc.) that use, or support the use of cannabis and psychedelics; for healing, or enhancing quality of life. This page is both for evidence-based education, harm reduction, and community support networks. Clinical research has shown that cannabis and psychedelics can be powerful tools for healing, when used correctly.

A growing number of first responders and emergency workers are using cannabis and psychedelics to explore who they are, prevent stress-related illness, or to heal from previous acute or accumulated trauma.  Join our psychedelic community if you work in a related field (or support those that do); and wish to connect, exchange information, and share experiences with others like you! Click the link in the title or e-mail psychedelic.frew@gmail.com  for more information. 

Flight of Thoughts - YouTube Channel

Click here to watch my lesson to First Responders on effectively managing patients who are experiencing acute psychosis or an emotional crisis.  I presented this as Continuing Medical Education for Paramedics in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It outlines two intense calls that I attended where we were able to use psychological harm reduction and crisis intervention techniques to help patients experiencing two different forms of altered states.  These techniques prevented police from having to use lethal force, allowing us to get the best outcomes possible for the patients involved.  Feel free to use this information or the techniques I teach in your daily life to help others!
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Jan 26, 2020

After experiencing some burnout and my first needle-stick injury, I am back on track and ready to share what I have learned.  Harm Reduction and other frontline workers of the opioid crisis are a section of first responders that are often forgotten about.  Harm Reduction Workers, Overdose Response Workers, and Community Mental Health Workers are underpaid and overworked because there is a lack of support and funding that other essential services are otherwise afforded.   Just how paramedics used to be misfit first responders, cast aside as mere "ambulance drivers", frontline overdose prevention and mental health workers are not yet recognized for their effectiveness in our society.

In this episode I talk about what some of the busier days have been like in a Safe Injection Site, some of the skills and expertise Harm Reduction Workers have, and some improvements that would make them more effective if given more resources.  I share how I recognized that I was having signs of burnout and how an injury at work caused me to re-evaluate how I monitor my balance between work and self care.  My goal is to remind listeners that its easy to neglect your own wellbeing when stress builds up, how important it is to maintain strong support structures, and what signs you can look for to self monitor for compassion fatigue or "burnout".  Practice mindfulness and reaching out to friends/family for help monitoring your mental health continuum.  Aside from practicing what I've learned to overcome these struggles, exercising with maintaining good nutrition and sleep habits has helped me bounce back faster than I would ever have thought possible.

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Check out my website for more content: https://flightofthoughts.blog/

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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!