Calgary’s New Mental Health Clinic Aims to Fill the Void in the Public System | The Canadian News

Jas Kainth is one of the first patients enrolled in a revolutionary new treatment clinic in Calgary.

The Newly Institute is pioneering a different kind of intensive outpatient program. Support first responders, healthcare workers, veterans, and others on their journeys to deal with trauma, addiction, and pain.

“I have dealt with this darkness for 41 years and will continue until my last breath, but there has to be more to this,” Kainth said.

Jas Kainth, 47-year-old police officer.

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Kainth boldly shares a deeply personal past that affected his career as a Calgary police officer. For years she worked with children who experienced physical and sexual abuse.

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“I would wake up every day, put on my impostor mask and listen to the children tell me their deepest, darkest and most hurtful secrets.”

“I’d say, ‘Okay, you’re brave.’ I would assure them that they will all be fine, but I did not believe a single word of the rhetoric I told these children, ”Kainth said.

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Those cases triggered Kainth’s own trauma as a survivor of sexual assault when she was six years old. He endured almost a lifetime of anxiety and nightmares.

“I couldn’t get over my guilt and shame… Would my colleagues think I was unworthy of this job? Not worthy of being a detective? Kainth said.

“I got over it completely. But it hurt. “

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After years of holding back her secrets and going through unsuccessful treatments, Kainth said she is finding hope in Newly.

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You are in the middle of a four week program. Patients go to therapy for four weeks, almost eight hours a day. It is designed to bring them back into their lives.

“I don’t have a chance to run. I’ve thought about it, but the program doesn’t allow me to do it, ”Kainth said. “There are people here who care, so I come here every day and my intention is to come back tomorrow.”

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Newly Medical Director Dr. Robert Tanguay said that quick and aggressive treatment works.

“The community approach to therapy and the public system often focuses on seeing someone once a week and telling them that over time they will get better and it’s true,” Tanguay said.

“But the data shows that if you compact it in an intensive program, it will be better and faster, and the data shows that the faster they are, the more likely they are to get back to work.”

Common room for patients in Newly.

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“When we look at one-year and two-year disability leave, the data shows that nearly zero percent will ever return to the workforce.”

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Tanguay said the public system and years on waiting lists are not ideal for those with mental health problems.

“I am not going to change the giant of a system.

“I reached out to colleagues around the country who are experts in their field and said, ‘How about we sit down and develop anything we want to build with a magic wand?’ And we developed it,” Tanguay said.

Physical therapy is part of the treatment plan at Newly.

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Treatments include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), resilience training, physical therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, and a weekly drum circle.

Drum Circle in Newly.

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“We have met with experienced people, medical experts, industry leaders, business executives, police chiefs and senior military doctors across the country, and they tell us this is what it takes.” said Arthur Kwan, president and CEO of The Newly Institute.

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“Canadians are struggling and they simply deserve to have another treatment option.”

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Psychedelic treatment is a component of this medically administered therapy. Newly is helping develop clinical research protocols for psilocybin and MDMA.

A former cop turned politician backs Newly and his approach. Deputy Minister of Mental Health and Addiction Mike Ellis cut the ribbon on the clinic.

Minister Mike Ellis at media event.

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“Evidence is emerging that assisted psychedelic therapy is a promising practice whose time as legitimate therapy in Canada has come,” Ellis said. “Many Albertans, especially veterans with PTSD, benefit greatly from this comprehensive support.”

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Midway through his own treatment, Kainth said he’s still working on it, but hopes his story will inspire others like him.

“Before I can pretend to make a difference, I have to reconcile that on the inside and I still have to do that. It may take the rest of my life, but I’ll try, ”Kainth said.

“These feelings of guilt and shame have dictated my life and that has caused me guilt and shame, and that is why I have to do this.”

Room in Newly for group.

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Newly hopes to expand the opening of other clinics in Fredericton, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Lower Mainland BC and Ottawa.

The Newly Institute is a private clinic, but some patients may be funded by private insurance companies and / or the Workers’ Compensation Board. They also accept patients for free.

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