Tag Archives: Firefighter

PAA – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The value of psychology for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We’re not designed to be exposed to trauma for long periods of time. What are some key coping methods? Visit PAA’s website at www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca Psychologists’ Association of Alberta For more Health Unlimited Videos: http://www.hutv.ca/video-content.html Source: Youtube

Discussing PTSD with Pastor Ben Boeshaar

Source: The Mayo Clinic states that “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it.*” Thousands struggle with this disorder daily. In this episode, Andrea interviews her own son, a former firefighter, who experienced PTSD.Hear of his ordeal and how he copes… Read More »

Wife of fire chief pushes for change after husband's suicide

Just five years after Chip Terry retired, he committed suicide. Now, his wife Jo is making sure that firefighters like Chip know what resources are available when it comes to battling PTSD. Our first responders answer the calls on our worst days. Over time, their exposure to the stresses of the job and traumatic events… Read More »

Psilocyin and Psychedelics' Efficacy in Healing First Responders and Mental Health Workers

Most healthcare and mental health workers are likely to experience a form of post-traumatic stress or compassion fatigue during their career. These helping professions including first responders who have increasing rates of suicide related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) carry a high burden and stigma around being open with mental health struggles. Just like a… Read More »

FOT – Recognizing PTSD, Mental Health in EMS, mental health benefits of essential oils & terpenes

Flight of Thoughts, Episode 14 of the podcast features Derek Davis, an Advanced Care Paramedic who is hitting 15 years of experience in EMS. He takes us through several topics that all connect to mental & physical health and wellness. Derek elaborates on the struggles he has faced as a paramedic and his journey to… Read More »

Interview with Mike Swan, former Syncrude Firefighter

Michael Swan is a former Syncrude Fire Fighter who is filing a lawsuit against the oil giant for “wrongful dismissal.” Mike suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and in 2017, he had to take time away from work to deal with his condition. In early 2018, Syncrude asked him to return to work, despite his… Read More »

FOT #11 – Paramedic stories, preventing PTSD, how to re-process traumatic experiences with cannabis

This is an exciting episode with my good friend Charlie, who worked with me as a Paramedic and as a 9-1-1 call taker. We share some of our most intense experiences working in emergency services, how we use cannabis for self care to prevent PTSD as first responders, healthy VS unhealthy coping strategies, and more… Read More »

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A 2018 study concluded that more law enforcement officers and firefighters died by suicide in 2017 than all line-of-duty deaths combined. That same study found that public safety personnel are five times more likely to suffer symptoms of PTSD and depression than their civilian counterparts. GPSTC wants to help eliminate the stigma associated with mental… Read More »