Emergency workers — including police, paramedics and firefighters — are twice as likely to get post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as anybody else, according to the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, a Toronto-based charity. In recent years, awareness has grown about the mental and emotional toll tragedies can take on rescue workers. This year, Ontario dedicated money and resources to help prevent and reduce PTSD in first responders.
Few deal with tragedy and trauma as frequently as first responders. As a result, the incidence of mental illness among emergency personnel is four times the national average in Canada, To help solved this problem Simon Fraser University is launching a new program to help first responders deal with mental health issues.
A growing body of research shows treating post-traumatic stress is more effective for patients in committed relationships when their partners are deeply involved in the care – the opposite of the usual experience in 22 soldier and veteran suicides examined by The Globe and Mail.