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What does a murder, car crash, house fire and collapse all have in common?


Story at Owen Sound Sun TImes

Someone has to respond.

First responders witness the horrors of life every single day; the things that common people don’t even want to hear about on the news. You can justify that they get paid well, have great benefits, or don’t work enough, but what they also take home are nightmares, guilt, and depression.

First responders are largely ignored when these horrors get too much. Mental health issues are taboo enough in the general public; they are completely unspoken demons in the realm of emergency services.

One of my crew brought this initiative to my attention. It has been featured on the other social networks, but not a word on Google+. I’m going to try and change that.

There have been 24 known first responder suicides in the last six months in Canada. Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, Search and Rescue, and many volunteer support agencies are all affected and this needs to change. Insurance companies do not recognize clearly diagnosed conditions as essential, and too often find a way not to assist the people affected. The public looks away from a uniformed professional that is obviously overwhelmed. The services don’t want to admit that there are weaklings on their staff. The stigma is everywhere. Can we stop it?

Burn Out
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Do you support the men and women that suit up to face what the public doesn’t want to see?

(This is not just a Canada issue. If emergency services don’t support each other, who will?)

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One Comments to “What does a murder, car crash, house fire and collapse all have in common?”

  1. I completely agree that we need to support each other. As a recent paramedic graduate I know several people that are affected by calls and some that have PTSD as a result. unfortunately today we learned of a 25th first responder suicide with the suicide of an Ontario Police Officer. It was also released today from a survey done by the Paramedic Association of Canada that Approximately 27% of Canadian paramedics that have responded have considered suicide. Supporting each other is a good start and campaigns like this are a good way to let others know we are there for each other and hopefully ensure politicians realize these issues need attention now.

    I also think it is great that you are trying to move the initiative to Google+ as well 🙂

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