Shop Class Hall Pass: Facing the Buried Trauma of Sexual Assault by Karin Martel

Karin Martel had never considered what happened to her in ninth grade shop class as sexual abuse. So when she is in a regularly scheduled, routine session with the department therapist to talk through the stress of her job as a 911 operator, she surprises herself by suddenly bringing up the memory of the groping she endured in high school.

Scream Therapy: A Punk Journey through Mental Health by Jason Schreurs

Scream Therapy: A Punk Journey through Mental Health follows the transformational journeys of Schreurs and the other punks he learns from, revealing the healing power of a misunderstood and underestimated music community.

Stella’s Carpet by Lucy E.M. Black

Exploring the intergenerational consequences of trauma, including those of a Holocaust survivor and a woman imprisoned during the Iranian Revolution, Stella’s Carpet weaves together the overlapping lives of those stepping outside the shadows of their own harrowing histories to make conscious decisions about how they will choose to live while forging new understandings of family, forgiveness and reconciliation.

In the Arms of Inup: The extraordinary story of a Guatemalan survivor and his quest for healing from trauma by Eve Mills Allen

Eve Mills Allen, a New Brunswick mental health therapist, has written the profoundly moving story of Jeremias, who at the age of 11 led his family to safety during the Guatemalan genocide against the Mayan peoples. Jeremias breaks the silence as he shares his memories with the author Eve Mills Allen over several years, and we learn how inadequate our mental health system is to fully heal those traumatized by war and genocide.

Connection at Newcombe by Kayt Burgess

Post-World War I, the small town of Newcombe, Ontario, is in danger of dying. Remote and with fewer than 200 inhabitants, its future is spelled out: slow, drawn-out, painful death as a community. A chance meeting between Francis Barrett, an employee of the Canadian National Railway (CNR), and Cal Bannatyne, a major on his way home from the front, leads to an opportunity: getting a railway station to Newcombe, linking it to the rest of Canada, and perhaps keeping it from dying.

Invisible Wounds: The emotional journey of a police officer’s battle with PTSD by Norm DeVarennes

This book explains how a shy small town boy’s mental health changed as he progressed into his policing career. The author analyzes his career path of how he gradually changed during his career as a police officer confronting all of the types of calls mentioned above amongst others. That his changes to his mental health were so subtle that he didn’t notice of the damages done to his mental health until it was almost too late.

2020 “The Very Best!” Book Awards: Best Non-Fiction

This year’s non-fiction finalists are a mix of a travelogue, a personal battle with PTSD and loss, and finding gratitude despite facing adversity. GOLD: Silver Linings by Janice Landry (Pottersfield Press) SILVER: Around The World In A Dugout Canoe by John M. MacFarlane and Lynn J. Salmon (Harbour Publishing) BRONZE: A Medic’s Mind by Matthew …

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Save My Life School: A first responder’s mental health journey by Natalie Harris

Every now and then a reader comes across a book that speaks to them. The words jump from the page and land squarely to the reader’s soul. For me, this was Save My Life School, by Natalie Harris. This book is so real, so raw and so honest that it is impossible not to fall …

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Silver Linings: Stories of Gratitude, Resiliency, and Growth Through Adversity by Janice Landry

Silver Linings author Janice Landry asks the very tough question, “What are you the most grateful for?” to fifteen inspiring Canadians from five provinces and two esteemed guests from the United States. One of seventeen is Dr. Bob Emmons, considered to be the world’s pre-eminent expert in the study of gratitude.

The Matthew Heneghan Interview

Matthew Heneghan is the author of A Medic’s Mind, his memoirs of working as a medic with both the armed forces and in civilian services. His account of dealing with PTSD, his family, alcoholism and more are vividly and candidly explored in his debut publication. At the time of this writing, A Medic’s Mind is on “The Very Best!” Book Awards 2020 longlist for Best First Book (Non-Fiction).

A Medic’s Mind by Matthew Heneghan

First-time author Matthew Heneghan is a former Canadian Armed Forces Medic, a former civilian paramedic, and a sufferer of PTSD and a former alcohol abuser. He is also a blogger and podcaster, sharing his story of recovery and day-to-day struggles to cope with his afflictions. Wintertickle Press has now published A Medic’s Mind, his memoirs and they are as good as they come when it proceeds to ‘baring all”.

The Deserters by Pamela Molloy

[dropcap]New[/dropcap] Brunswick-born Pamela Molloy’s The Deserters (2018 Véhicule Press) is just about as perfect a story as you can get in under 200 pages. Practically a novella, The Deserters is about Eugenie a woman who inherits her grandmother’s derelict farm in New Brunswick. This is the farm her and her sister Ivy grew up on after …

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Refuge in the Black Deck: The Story of Ordinary Seaman Nicola Peffers by Nicola Peffers

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he HMCS Winnipeg is a frigate in the Canadian Navy, and it is also the ship that Ordinary Seaman (OS) Nicola Peffers served aboard for approximately two years, starting in 2009. Fresh out of marine electrical training, she boards ship in Hawaii, full of optimism, excitement and national pride. [perfectpullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”#C5D2D3″ class=”” …

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Two Titles from Nimbus on Current Canadian Issues

Nimbus Publishing has produced two excellent titles dealing with issues that have been in the national headlines for some time now: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Residential School system which attempted to erase the Mi’kmaw culture from young children. Better Off Dead by Fred Doucette Fred Doucette (who …

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