The all too common reality for many first responders. This article highlights the stigma which still surrounds PTSD and need for more proactive measures to help combat its destructiveness.
I think, being in the military, it’s a topic which is (now) relatively openly discussed, but I believe that’s more because everyone associates PTSD with military personnel. The thing is, and many of you can attest to this, is that so many first responders see very tragic things on a regular basis. That gradual grinding down of the protective shield we all try to create for ourselves.
I find it sad that there is still the lack of resources for those who need it. Perhaps it’s cause it’s out of sight, out of mind for so many of the population and they think it’s only the military who can suffer from it. As a soldier for many, many moons now, it is you, the police, firefighters and paramedics who are our heroes. It is you who have to deal with the worst situations a society can through at them on a daily basis. Thank you for what you do.
As a paramedic for more than 20 years in Antigonish, N.S., John Garth MacDonald was trained to save people’s lives and keep them safe. But MacDonald, 48, was never told how to keep his own mental health safe and deal with the daily trauma of the job. Eventually, the job left MacDonald broken.