Responders Need Help Too

The recently launched “You Are Not Alone” Campaign sheds light on post-traumatic stress disorder among Emergency Responders such as police, firefighters, and paramedics. Tragically there have been 24 suicides within the past six months among this population. Those who help others can struggle with the impact of exposure to trauma in the workplace. Emergency responders can experience Secondary Traumatic Stress and need to be diligent in self-care. Their organizations, family and friends need to support our wounded warriors to ensure that we do not lose even one more to PTSD suicide a result of their helping work.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/campaign-puts-spotlight-on-ptsd-after-24-suicides-among-first-responders-1.2044713

Dr Anna Baranowsky speaks more about EMS Secondary Trauma.

Dr Anna Baranowsky talks about the tragic suicides of police, EMS, military members and other care providers. She encourages EMS to seek help when needed and organizations to support staff. She reminds wounded warriors that help exists and that you do not need to suffer in silence alone.