So today I found this excellent article (link to the original located at end of excerpt) from www.ems1.com. It really drives home a lot of good points, some are mentioned in other posts on this site, but some aren’t. So I highly recommend this as a must read. One really good observation that was brought up was that many public safety agencies and departments are bringing in counselors regularly for “check-ups”. To me, this is a fantastic idea and should really be done straight across the board. Maybe someone in your own department or agency can suggest something like this. I think for many, it would really open the door to working through problems.
There really are many great bullet points in this article. It would be well worth following the link to the original post for some solid insight and ideas.
DALLAS — The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) reports that seven to eight out of every 100 people in North America are living with PTSD symptoms that can disrupt their lives and make it difficult to continue with daily activities. Those in emergency services and military agencies who are repeatedly experiencing traumatic events have the highest levels of PTSD reported for all career fields.
In his session at Fire-Rescue International, “PTSD-How to keep it out of your station and what you can do for those living it,” Dr. Larry Iverson, Institute for Advanced Development, offers strategies for recognizing and breaking through PTSD.