Emotions are often triggered unexpectedly. What happens in the next few seconds following a trigger determines the difference between whether an individual will react or respond. A reaction typically provokes more reactions that seem to have no end. On the other hand, a response typically provokes discussion that can lead to resolution. The more reacting we do, the less empowered we might become.
Over time, exposure to danger, chaos and tragedy can cause stress which takes a toll on first responders’ mental and physical health.
The linked article examines the challenges of first responders seeking help in response to such stress as well as what can be gained from confidential treatment.
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First Responder Resilience:Smashing the Stigma. A documentary by Tania Glenn.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has released a toolkit for Veterans, their families, and friends to help them support those who might be struggling with emotional distress, crises, or thoughts of suicide on social media.
Take some time to read through the Toolkit and share it with others who you think could use it!
Public safety personnel are at an increased risk for stress related issues, including PTSD. While PTSD is linked to trauma exposure, not everyone who experiences or is exposed to trauma will have symptoms severe enough to warrant a diagnosis of PTSD. Often times, however, public safety personnel may instead experience chronic stress in response to repeated trauma exposure.
Check out this informative article about the rates of PTSD in firefighters.
The article has several links to resources that will help with understanding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and coping skills for PTSD.
Click here to read the article - PTSD Rates in Firefighters
An awesome news article was released today highlighting CBS News' recent visit with the IAFF Center of Excellence. The article showcases the Center of Excellence's resources for members seeking help with substance abuse, PTSD, and other behavioral health issues!
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