Media Release: April 23, 2019 Trauma Practice for Healthy Communities to Offer Free On Site Trauma Support at Yonge Street Tragedy Commemoration, Mel Lastman Square.
Full Media Release HERE
April 23 Release_Apr22.2019
On April 23, 2019 there will be commemorative activities all day at Mel Lastman Square. The day may trigger challenging memories and emotions. There will be on-site Resiliency Exercises, Gentle Conversations, Information and Resources available to everyone. We have also prepared a full resource list. See the Trauma Resource Kit HERE Trauma Handout_April 23 2019 -Final
In 7 minutes innocence was lost. April 23 2018, started like any normal day, I walked to work through Mel Lastman Square toward Yonge and then South to Yonge and Sheppard. By the time I finally walked home, hours later, there was yellow tape, no cars, few people and police presence.
Full Article HERE
Have you been bullied at the workplace, at school, in your community? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Wednesday Feb 27 is Pink Shirt Day – also known as Anti- Bullying Day, a proudly Canadian initiative that encourages all of us to be allies and raise awareness against bullying in the workplace, schools and other community spaces. Wearing a Pink Shirt is a symbol of support, kindness and compassion, stepping up for those who need our help.
Full Article HERE
Learn tips and tricks that will help you cope with stress. These tips include learning your own stress signals, finding healthy ways to manage stress, and many more!
Full Article HERE
If you or your loved one or someone you know is in need of assistance.
Please check the list below.
You may contact us at Trauma Practice firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mental health emergencies:
9-1-1 for imminent threat, distress line, and emergency departments
Direct witnesses at the scene and family members of those deceased:
Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP), which is through Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario (VCAO) under the auspices of the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) provides $1000 for emergency counselling (as well as other financial support) for victims of crime who do not otherwise have financial support for mental health services (e.g., extended health benefits). The funds are held by each local victim service agency and an application must be made within 30 days of the crime.
Link to the VQRP funding: https://bit.ly/2HyRAKv
To apply, contact the local victim service agency where the person resides: http://services.findhelp.ca/ovss/
(Select VCAO from the drop down list). VCAO Toronto’s contact info is: http://victimservicestoronto.com
*Important: Each VCAO location maintains a list of pre-screened mental health professionals in their area who provide services through VQRP. Importantly, this same group of professionals has expertise in supporting victims of crime irrespective of whether their funding is through VQRP or elsewhere. This is the most appropriate referral list for this event.
First responders involved directly and indirectly:
WSIB community mental health network, allows for direct access to pre-screened psychologists with expertise in workplace trauma who can also expedite access through the WSIB system. The network can be found here: https://bit.ly/2HWsR6w
"We must continue to focus on being part of our community, to find ways to feel like you belong and bring meaning into your day. These are tough times and they demand we respond with great compassion." Full Article HERE