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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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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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Mar 2, 2020

Pete Tripp is an Advanced Care Paramedic with experience in many fields of paramedicine including as a flight medic.  Pete's journey is a powerful story from his start as a Janitor at his local emergency hospital to his spectrum of expereince he built as a paramedic.  He is open about his struggles with childhood trauma and finding his way as a troubled youth.  Through building up personal resiliency and never giving up, Pete was able to become an excellent paramedic and carry on through an incredible career.  He uses what he has learned over these years of experience to shed light on some of the dark sides of mental health stigma in emergency services, along with ways we can improve the atmosphere to make it safer to address these issues in the workplace.  If every first responder knew how to cry, knew how to be mindful, and knew how to connect with compassion things would become much easier over time.   

Pete now has been focusing on helping first responders recognize signs of post-traumatic stress and acheiving post-traumatic growth.  He has been involved in his own initiatives like Navigate Change, an initiative to raise awareness and support for first responders struggling with PTSD.  He feels the work he was able to do with Project Trauma Support was a major factor in his resiliency and post-traumatic growth.  It was a pleasure hearing his story and his valuable perspectives on the state of emergency services and mental health stigma.  Together, we discuss our own experiences with mental health struggles as paramedics and where we hope to see changes to improve the longevity of this wonderful career.  We will be working together on initiatives to train new and current first responders in addictions/mental health awareness, with tools and knowledge to prepare them for a career that inevitably exposes you to major psycological trauma.

First responders must build an extensive toolkit of self-care and support for there ongoing continuum of wellbeing.  Everyone will be different and an open mind will allow you to explore many avenues to improve your resiliency and ability to cope with the stressors of the career.  What are the biological, psychological, emotional, social, and other factors that protect you or put you at risk for mental health distress?

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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!