"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
Something terrible happened in Toronto on Monday. And something outstanding happened as well, as the city refused to overreact in the face of a horrific van attack. Full Article HERE
The city has always valued inclusion and tolerance. Yesterday’s van attack won’t change that. 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