It is estimated that 8% of Canadians suffer from PTSD. Research indicates that this number is 2-3 times higher within the emergency services sectors. 16% to 24% of our emergency services personnel suffer from PTSD.
I've recently learned about the Heroes are Human tour from a fellow RCMP wife.
On Monday, May 5th, the 2014 Heroes Are Human cross-Canada PTSD- awareness tour began in St. John’s, Newfoundland – one of 48 towns and cities across the country. This grassroots initiative, developed by Toronto-based charity Heroes Are Human – The Tema Conter Memoiral Trust, was launched in the wake of the many suicides and reports of work-related post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the ranks of Canada’s public safety, correctional and military organizations.
With the co-operation of local correctional, emergency services, and military organizations, they will host a two-hour community based educational event. Speakers will discuss their personal experiences in dealing with operational stress injuries. There is NO FEE to attend these sessions.
These events will be open to anyone who is interested in learning more about operational stress injuries. Frontline correctional, emergency services, and military personnel are welcome. They also encourage family members and friends, mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, and human resources professionals to attend.
Heroes are Human believes that pre-incident awareness and training of operational stress injuries is crucial in minimizing the impact of the psychological stressors of acute, cumulative and post-traumatic stress and vicarious trauma.
The men and women of our emergency and military services see tragic events every day. They witness human suffering up close and it sometimes becomes very difficult to cope with the aftermath.
The aftermath sometimes means that they will suffer with lasting memories that just won't go away. Recalling the smells, remembering the sounds and reliving the witnessed events sometimes haunt these men and women for life.
Through research, education, training, and through the provision of peer and psychological support, Heroes are Human aim to help these men and women when they need it most.
You can find out if an event is coming to your city here: