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 :-
- Become aware of the level of PTSD effects in themself
- Accept gentle feedback from peers or manager to seek specialist PTSD therapy
- Feel confident that the team and organisation will be supportive in all their needs including graduated return to work
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Ripple-Effects of PTSD in emergency services
If you or loved one suffers PTSD, phone 0417 997 016
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