Experiencing a distressing event leads to emotional consequences that can impact permanently an individual's life.
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In this webinar we invited Registered Psychotherapist and certified child/youth practitioner Alethia Cadore, and Nelson Leoni, an expert in resilience and motivational speaker, to discuss resilience, and the importance of mental health support to overcome traumas, disabilities and diversity.
Going through traumas is always hard. Experiencing a distressing event leads to emotional consequences that can impact permanently an individual’s life, such as excessive fear and shame, and reduced ability to regulate emotions and navigate relationships. It can even cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition with symptoms including flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
People also experience trauma in different ways. Some individuals develop more resilient responses to traumatic events, while others get seriously affected. The impact of trauma depends on a number of factors that may vary from the characteristics of the individual and nature of the event to sociocultural aspects. For example, culture influences how they interpret the effects of adverse life experiences and convey traumatic stress through behaviour, emotions and thinking.
Below are highlights from the session:
Ross Wilson is a Chaplain and Mental Health consultant that specializes in psychological first aid support. Since arriving in Ottawa, Canada from Vancouver. Ross has been working closely with local community organizations and offering free mental health support during the recent pandemic. As a mental health consultant, Ross Wilson works one on one with companies, community programs and start-ups, to improve employee environments and mental health first-aid. Along with his work, Ross is writing his first book about the “Journey of self” and has a podcast that is based on mental health and the stigma behind it in society.
Have you ever talked to someone who died and came back to tell his story?
About 15 years ago, Nelson Leoni was seriously wounded in combat, commanding a platoon in Haiti's United Nations Stabilization Mission; he died for 6 minutes. This experience left him with a physical disability and a renewed sense of purpose, which he has been carrying with him in all aspects of his life.
After spending over two years in the hospital, he became a Paralympic athlete and started giving motivational talks to inspire people worldwide. As a motivational speaker, he gave more than 400 lectures to over 400 thousand people.
As an expert in resilience, surviving trauma and reinventing himself, he was able to share all his journey in a biographic book that will be released this month. He helps many people who are going through similar journeys or need to find strength and motivation to keep their path in life.
Alethia Cadore is a Registered Psychotherapist and certified child/youth practitioner. Alethia has worked with people who have experienced a conflict in their personal or professional life which has triggered an emotional reaction. Being able to identify what triggered that stress, what holds people back from balance in life and how to set goals so that you can lead with confidence. Alethia has extensive experience working with all youth/families who are facing challenges with developmental life stages and need support accessing mental health care.