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FOT #32 – Non-violent crisis response, front line fatigue, and calibrating the nervous system Flight of Thoughts

Here, I share some cases where we applied non-violent crisis intervention tactics to de-escalate persons in emergency situations, avoiding the need for police intervention.  One situation was during a major overdose, where the client was combative while he was in respiratory failure, the other features someone locked in a bathroom threatening staff. * The last month has been very difficult on the frontlines of the pandemic and opioid crisis.  Healthcare workers are experiencing high rates of clinical depression and many other frontline workers are feeling burnt out.  Lets catch up on some self care and making sure we are meeting our needs in this episode.  What self-care are you doing that fits physical, mental, social, and emotional/spiritual well-being? * I finish up with some advice on using medical cannabis to calibrate your nervous system, while avoiding negative effects or dependency.  Various cannabis strains affect people differently, so its important to find which strains you respond best to and what terpene profile they hold. * Website: flightofthoughts.blog * Instagram: @jake_flightofthoughts Facebook: The Psychedelic Society of First Responders and Emergency Workers * This podcast is uncensored and covers many topics considered “taboo” or difficult for some individuals. We do not condone any illegal activities, as this is a platform for harm reduction and open dialogue.  Although the ideas are mostly evidence-based and honest, the lines of reality and comedy may be blurred at times…this is your trigger warning!
  1. FOT #32 – Non-violent crisis response, front line fatigue, and calibrating the nervous system
  2. FOT #31 – Demystifying death, bringing order to chaos, and The Big Lebowski
  3. FOT #30 – Being trauma-informed, identifying prejudice, and our mental health continuum
  4. FOT #29 – Overcoming Psychological Dysfunction, Appreciating Death & Suffering, Mindfulness of Bio-feedback Loops
  5. FOT #28 – Identifying Stress Responses, Pandemic Mental Health, and Cannabis Enhancing Emotional Resiliency

FOT #10 – Analyzing Black Christmas and how horror movies portray deaths unrealistically
Horror movies are notorious for showing death as either glamorous or completely unrealistic.  Many first responders and emergency workers sit through these kinds of movies, just buzzing with corrections we wish we could make.  In real life death can be both disturbing and artistic in a surreal context, yet horror movies rarely tap into the art of realism.

  Chris Kinsella joins me to analyze the holiday-horror-classic Black Christmas!  We discuss how this movie paved the way for future horror slashers like Halloween and Friday the 13th, as well as how each death WOULD have looked in real life based on my paramedic experience and calls that I have responded to with similar injuries.  Enjoy this holiday episode with a nice sativa-dominant hybrid and plenty of trigger warnings!

*Watch the YouTube version of this episode and our episode analyzing The Shining for video clips that accompany each scene that we are discussing to follow along with:                             

Black Christmas Analysis (YouTube): https://youtu.be/YSGxmJWXFvo

The Shining Analysis (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InQ8qXBb9EQ&t=995s

FOT #8 – Analyzing themes of addiction, PTSD, and pediatric epilepsy in The Shining
This is a special segment of Flight of Thoughts that analyzes classic movies to explore themes that are related to mental health, trauma, psychedelics, and other surreal themes that may have been missed by audiences. This time we look at Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”.  I am joined by my good friend Chris Kinsella, a horror movie connoisseur and lover of the darkly comedic, artistically surreal, and disturbing aspects of the genre.  Our goal is to combine our passions to break down these ideas; integrating them into our views of mental health and human behaviour. 

There are many rabbit holes to dive into with The Shining, but we pick out messages about overcoming addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as discussing Danny’s “shining” from the perspective of pediatric epilepsy (seizures). 

This will be an ongoing segment that is integrated with the rest of the Flight of Thoughts podcast.  Stay tuned for more movie break downs with Chris and myself!

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