PTSD in emergency services report 2018

PTSD in emergency services

PTSD in emergency services is still slipping under the radar. On 28 Jun 2018, at 7:26am ABC news announced a landmark report has been released, examining post-traumatic stress disorder in Australia’s emergency services.

 PTSD warning signs need better recognition

The report makes 31 recommendations, including that police, fire, and ambulance organisations need to recognise better the warning signs of PTSD. Those who have been affected by the disorder hope the report leads to change.

Having listened to these reports, I can add that a supportive culture among peers and management is really important to help affected people to :-

  1. Become aware of the level of PTSD effects in themself
  2. Accept gentle feedback from peers or manager to seek specialist PTSD therapy
  3. Feel confident that the team and organisation will be supportive in all their needs including graduated return to work
PTSD in emergency services
: A former RAAF pilot says he sought help repeatedly and continued to be knocked back by psychologists. (Supplied: Defence Force)











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Ripple-Effects of PTSD in emergency services

To add insult to injury is the ripple-effect PTSD on emergency service personnel’s family. These families experience their own PTSD from experiencing DV, substance-abuse, suicidal talk and attempts or complete family break-down. I have worked with spouses, children and primary PTSD sufferers since the mid-1990s – secondary PTSD is a needless, preventable tsunami of PTSD sufferers.

If you or loved one suffers PTSD, phone 0417 997 016

Individual therapy, including EMDR if appropriate

Family & Couples Therapy

Trauma Support Groups

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