We are on the home stretch of our Canadian Tour, with just a handful of shows remaining. We’ll be winding the whole tour up with a special performance in Toronto on Saturday, July 14th at The Great Hall (Queen and Davenport). This is a benefit concert in support of the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) (http://parc.on.ca/) and community mental health. It’s an important cause and one which we are proud to be associated. It will be a great night of music. You can purchase tickets here:
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Great news and thanks for helping out those who suffer from mental illness, I don’t know anything about Canada’s approach to providing services but have been a mental health social worker in the US for 23 yrs and we are really lacking in appropriate resources and continued budget cuts here. To see over 20 yrs of how the system has changed is quite phenominal and depressing.
What I’ve discovered the most important component in dealing with the severe mentally ill is to treat them as equals- talk with as opposed to them. I have had my best success in resolving both violent and non-violent crises using this approach and this population can pick up our beliefs/feelings very quickly. Those that “talk to and present as better than or normal” generally are very unsuccessful and burn out quickly. I have always believed that there is no “normal” as we all have some form of mental illness and could be diagnosed depending upon the circumstances at any time. Those of us who have made careers in the field generally suffer from depression and PTSD due to the nature of the horrific experiences we help those who have suffered. I could write several novels that would be so disturbing to most that are not educated and more so expierienced with this work.
The music that you have given us has helped me cope throughout the years and I thank you from my heart for this. You continue to amaze and just Thanks for helping w such a great cause! Peace, Barry