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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

 

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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. 

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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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Mar 4, 2019

Episode 14 features Derek Davis, an Advanced Care Paramedic who is hitting 15 years of experience in EMS. He takes us through several topics that all connect to mental & physical health and wellness.

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Derek elaborates on the struggles he has faced as a paramedic and his journey to overcoming them; which many listeners will empathize with and learn a lot about themselves from.  We shed more light on how common mental health problems are among first responders and why we tend to hide them. More paramedics die by suicide than in any other profession in Canada and very few effective supports are available. Workplaces still discriminate against workers who are struggling from a condition that we are all statistically expected to have.

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He has now been a major advocate of mental health care and education, self-care, and increased peer-support. It is important to be aware of our emotions and identify when we are feeling fear, confusion, hopelessness, or sadness from our experiences before they come out at anger and pain. We go into the signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress that can range on a complex spectrum. We share self-care techniques and how to raise more awareness and supports among first responders and emergency workers.

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Charlie Bronson (from past episodes) also joins us to add insight, as Derek was Charlie’s preceptor when he was a student paramedic! 
This is a conversation that many first responders and mental health advocates should listen to!

 

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Boots On The Ground is a crisis support service available to first responders across Ontario (Canada).  Please reach out to this service if you are in crisis and are not sure where else to turn.  A team of fellow first responders, specially trained, can respond to you by phone or in-person visit to help provide support and resources.  https://www.bootsontheground.ca/about-us

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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!