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Hello peer!

My name is Mike and I am a former firefighter/primary care paramedic with fourteen years of service. My battle with mental health has been a long one but in many ways has just started. My motivation for creating this site was a bit self-serving but mostly good-hearted. As a person who is still on the mental health journey, I know how hard it is to find resources when all you want to do is give up. The Mental Health Armoury's sole intention is to connect you with peers going through the same stuff. They have the knowledge and experience to guide you to therapists, doctors, and various forms of treatments. On the rough road of the healing journey, I found peers not only promote healing but provided the drive to keep going. The Mental Health Armoury is not intended to replace professional help, but rather complement it by providing you with peer knowledge and ultimately support.

My Story

What is it that fuels us to put on a uniform and to do the work most don't have the guts to do? For me, it was spending each day making the world a little better than I found it.

 

Sadly on February 5th, 2020 I decided I couldn't do anymore and decided to end my own life. As I put on my duty uniform for the last time, I paused to reflect on my unheard cries for help. It was in that deep dark moment I cried out one last time and was finally heard. With that cry, I started a journey that would challenge not only who I was, but whom I wanted to become. It has taken me from an acute psychiatric ward to a specialized PTSD inpatient program and finally home to my family, friends, and peers.  

Fourteen years of firefighting and EMS never prepare me for the biggest battle of my life. Nor did it teach me how to care for me with the same compassion I have shown others. I am not a superhero and thus the Mental Health Armoury is not a cure for PTSD or mental illness. I personally struggle every day but chose to embrace life and to share what I have learned in hopes that it makes your journey easier.

As a person who still struggles with PTSD, depression and anxiety you will find that I speak my mind, I will have spelling/grammar mistakes and I may offend you at times. I personally believe that if I didn't show these vulnerabilities, we wouldn't connect and if we don't connect I wouldn't be your peer.

My journey is far from over but at least I know my intent is still to leave the world better than I found it.  

Michael Coutu

PTSD & Mental Health Advocate

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