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Acting Cpl. Kristine Lacelle says she received no formal training, including mental health training, when she joined an RCMP special unit that investigated child pornography. (CBC) An RCMP officer told CBC News she was not prepared by the police force for the mental strain of viewing hours of disturbing material after she joined a child pornography unit....
"There was no formal training, no dbriefing to deal with the repeated exposure to trauma and stuff like that," she said.
"As far as specific mental training, there was none."
Lacelle said she was informally debriefed by supportive colleagues, but they went on sick leave themselves
"There's a burden that is being passed off to someone else and they are already taxed," she said....
Weeks into the job, Lacelle said she knew the assignment was taking a mental toll on her...
With her regular mental health assessment months away, she asked RCMP management for an early assessment....
"I went to talk to someone and tell them I just honestly have no business carrying a gun on the street," she said.
"I don't know what is going on with me anymore, but things aren't right."
Lacelle waited over a year for a mental health assessment....For complete articles click on the links aboveCashew Commentary
: the mental illness system doesn't "debrief" those defined as patients who have been traumatized either. That is what is wrong with it. Most of the time now they label people and write out an RX for mood altering drugs, more often than not.Military Psychiatrists.
Please stop reducing the reactions
to the horrors of war to the level of self-contained "disease process" or a self-contained "disorder." This should not be ''medicalized'' as is true of a whole lot
of other reactions to trauma, events and relationships which you currently "medicalize." But to make the point on this one, please change the way
you see this, and the ways you talk "about" it to the public and the ways you talk "about them
." Where are the voices of those experiencing
it, the voices of those who really need to speak for themselves
and to each other
Well these are the ones those in charge of this are currently trying to silence
telling them they are not to talk about this in public.
..How well I remember being given the same instructions
from my own "helpers."
They need to talk it through
and not to be defined as "defective" human beings or defective, or disordered brains, being "interpreted" by others. Giving Combat Survivors
"mood elevators" not only does not make the trauma of war just go away, it may even INCREASE
the effects of overwhelm, increase insomnia and trigger
psychosis. Labelling people is, in itself, isolating and invalidating. The LAST
thing a combat survivor needs is MORE
stress added to the overload already being carried.
Combat Survivors: Form survivor peer
groups; in person. Like using church rooms which you could probably get donated, perhaps for this purpose, and also create Combat Survivor groups online where you can talk by e-mail and on boards about your experiences and how you FEEL about it all until you get it out of you and support others who are doing the same. Talk it OUT.
You will never really forget the things you have seen and experienced but you can
change the effects of it, the power they currently have over you, and get to the point where you recall it with some real self-control and when it
does not control, or overwhelm, you.
In Canada ask Romeo Dallaire to help
to form these groups. This does not have to be about money. There are many, many psychiatric survivors
who have regained and maintained a lasting
stability from talking to other survivors with shared experiences without any psychiatrists involved.
Define yourselves as PEOPLE
who have survived combat
as defective, or as disorders, disease processes or bad BRAIN
chemistry. Things like grief and fear may well show
a difference in the brain activity or chemistry when we look in there but that does not mean the brain activity is the source
of the problem and the reductionist idea that it does, and can be fixed like a chemistry problem, or a computer hard drive, is just crazy
. Don't buy into the idea that "fixing" your brain repairs your humanity
. Only people
can do that and you and your fellow survivors can BE
"fix" that you need and which you can help others
to find also. Don't give up.
It is very
difficult like all traumatic experiences lived through and worse than most but it is not
Ask for Combat Survivor groups and online private talking boards take charge of your own recovery. more on this soon. but for now ...http://www.romeodallaire.com/
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