Gruesome Double Murder Inspires Awareness for World Health Day
Retired paramedic pens book to encourage mental health awareness.
While working as a paramedic, Natalie Harris attended a very brutal double murder in 2012. Her patient was the murderer who allegedly was part of a three-person Satanic murder-suicide pact. Natalie went on to suffer from PTSD, depression, addiction, overdoses, and a serious suicide attempt. Luckily, she received the help she required and is now living a life "in recovery."
Natalie went on to lobby for legislative changes at both the provincial and federal level pertaining to operational PTSD. She founded a peer support group that is growing across Canada called Wings of Change. It is a solution-based model for those in various care-careers. This past fall, Natalie again made huge strides in her recovery by winning a seat on city council in her home town of Barrie, Ontario.
During her mental health battles, Natalie started a blog that now has had over 200,000 hits and is the basis for her memoir called Save-My-Life School, published by Wintertickle Press. The foreword is written by 6-time Olympic Medallist, Clara Hughes. Out of the gate, the Canadian Kindle version scored a #2 spot in its second week on the Hot New Memoir Releases list.
Natalie has since helped to oversee and contribute stories to the publication of a subsequent book Brainstorm Revolution, a collection of approximately 40 short stories about lived mental health experiences. Some contributors are Canadian comedian Deb McGrath, Order of Canada member Stephane Grenier, TEDx presenter Asante Haughton, and sports commentator Michael Landsberg.
An outgrowth of this book was a Canadian not-for-profit Corporation of the same name, Brainstorm Revolution, whose mission is to raise awareness, educate, and increase understanding of mental health through storytelling of lived experiences.
Both books are available across Canada at Chapters/Indigo and worldwide they are available online on amazon.
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