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!
Or, view the following video.
In a recent white paper published by Ruderman Family Foundation (Heyman, Dill, & Douglas, 2018), it was revealed that firefighters and police officers are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.The research paper provides statistics for firefighter and police suicides within the past year in comparison to line of duty deaths for each population. More specificially, the paper focuses on trauma exposure and some common resulting consequences, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicide, if left untreated.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health issue that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. After being involved in traumatic events themselves or witnessing traumatic events, it is common for most people to experience symptoms like upsetting memories, bad memories, and trouble sleeping (ptsd.va.gov). However, if the symptoms continue longer than a month or several months, a diagnosis of PTSD is possible and you would want to meet with a mental health provider for accurate assessment and diagnosis.