PTSD Prevention for First Responders
The life of a first responder is unique in its challenges; We are the ones the community relies upon when people face traumatic events. We must be strong, resilient and promote calmness and confidence that everything will be OK.
When the dust settles and the community has gone home, first responders are often left alone to process the day’s events and deal with their trauma. We are taught to be strong, and people assume our body armour or protective gear defends against the job’s stresses and often, it does not. We must admit that and take positive steps to mitigate the cumulative effects of daily exposures to other people’s traumas.
How do you do that? The first step is to acknowledge the danger and be honest about coping when back at home after a long night’s work. Are we sleeping well? Are we drinking too much? Are we arguing with those we love? Are we isolating ourselves from friends and family? Are we engaging in self-destructive behaviours and letting our health go?
These are indicators that might be a good idea to talk to someone privately who knows where you are coming from and can help inoculate you from the dangers of micro-traumas wearing us down and hammering us. It is OK to be honest, and chat with someone. Some of the top performers in the world recognize the importance of a healthy outlet valve.
Our staff deal with First Responders every day privately and confidentially. Why not call for a consultation and see if we can help you. Contact RD Psychotherapy to learn more about therapy and how our staff are equipped to work with veterans and first responders.