In 2005…Psychiatric survivor dies of “heat related” causes during heat wave Richard Howell, a psychiatric survivor who was living in a boarding home in Toronto’s west end, recently died of what the Coroner’s office described as “heat related” causes. In response, the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC) held a press conference at PARC, urging that * there be “a Coroner’s Inquest to review the physical standards and operating requirements of the mental health boarding home system, including the use of psychiatric drugs and other medication and provision of air conditioning. [July 5, 2005]
In 2019, Is cooling accessible for Survivors in Toronto?
The list for supportive housing is longer. Rooming house rooms are disappearing. There are no cooling centres opening this summer. Stay healthy. Stay wet and cool. Watch out for friends and neighbours especially if they are dealing with meds and drugs.
Accommodations are more than ramps. Disability justice requires accommodations and barrier removal for all types of disabilities. All learners can benefit from Universal Design Learning systems (flexibility, different forms of communication through visual, oral, videos, powerpoints, test accommodations (s. 8.3).
Imagine if 5 of your friends lost housing, jobs or their lives from overdose? Would you rather have housing, jobs, and access to safe drugs or a mindfulness class? Would individual mindfulness classes help deal with these social catastrophes? How mindfulness privatised a social problem
How many times have you been told inspiring quotes that didn’t match reality? When do helpful phrases sound fake and meaningless? Or worse: insulting? Toxic Positivity
“Validation: This is hard. You’ve done hard things before and I believe in you. I know there’s a lot that could go wrong. What could go rights?
“Toxic Positivity”: You’ll get over it! Just be positive!
Key: Still use naloxone at an overdose. But if the naloxone has not worked, there may be a benzo (etizolam) mixed with the drugs warn doctors.
Bulletin asks: Do you think it would be a better solution for government and doctors to focus on antidotes against this specific drug mix or should it focus on making sure there is a safe (not-poisoned and known) supply of drugs? #safesupply #theytalkwedie.
CAMH is working on creating a Recovery College (RC) and there have been consultations and there is an email but no website: recovery college <firstname.lastname@example.org>. You might have heard about it in the elevator at CAMH or on your Facebook feed if you know anyone who works at CAMH. Some quick questions to consider about an RC: Who decides the goals, programming, resources, outcomes, timing and the ways the RC will relate to the broader world and social-economic-disability issues?
Recovery in the Bin is a critical theorist and activist collective from the United Kingdom where there is a long history of Recovery Colleges. RITB is a great source for when are stuck in the loop of frustration-waiting-services-waiting-disappointment.
PART 1: 15 Etobicoke ACORN members rallied for a speak out against condo management corruption: mould, roaches, sewage leaking from the ceiling, and constant flooding of their basement, which is documented on film by CityTV news.
TENANTS: Looking for a job? Come out to our Job Fair on August 21! Meet local employers and learn about upcoming job opportunities. Bring copies of your resume and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews!
Date: Wednesday, August 21
Location: YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Meet at Church of the Holy Trinity – Trinity Square. March to City Hall for 9:00 Balloon release.
Every year on August 10, prisoners fast and refuse to work in a show of solidarity to remember those who have died unnecessarily — victims of murder, suicide and neglect.
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