Jeff, the Tema Conter Memorial Trust (www.tema.ca) has been working on PTSD issues since 2001
Very compassionate people more susceptible to PTSD. IQ has little to do with PTSD. Enough trauma and anyone can suffer...
They are all reactive, they need to be proactive as this will not only spare thousands of first responders and their families from needless suffering but the governments will actually save money in the long run in terms of health care costs
Jeg - can you tell us more about the cost to families - because we heard that from all the FR we spoke to.
Brennan, I, deal with or interact with hundreds of family members through our awareness sit and the badge of life, they are usually always the first to recognize the symptoms of ptsd and need to be informed what help is available to them. This is a huge gap.
Organizations and WorkSafe surely focused on return to work as opposed to getting responder healthy, and they don't deal with toxins in the workplace that may be worsening the situation.
Jeff you have said FR you speak to are reluctant to disclose to a psychologist because of the amount of info the RCMP requires from medical professions - can you explain?
Great differences in how organizations deal with trauma, and huge variance in support they offer. Need national standards on this / best practices, and legislation to require funding of needed programs
The education for first responders needs to start in training academies. They spend hundreds of hours making us proficient in the use of weapons, testifying in court but to my knowledge not a single hour in making us aware of what we will see and experience and how to deal with it.
responders wont talk openly with a psychologist if they know psychologist required to send a report to their employer detailing their issues. Worried this used against them. Common sense. Confidentiality essential to forming trusting therapeutic alliance, and effective therapy....