Counselling for First Responders
Support for First Responders
If you are a paramedic, firefighter, police officer, nurse, or working in another helping profession, you likely already know that you are at higher risk of developing PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
You may suffer from symptoms of PTSD, such as being easily startled by certain sounds, visual stimuli, smells, and other physical sensations. You might be experiencing nightmares, insomnia, or panic attacks. Maybe you feel easily agitated or angry. You might also find yourself feeling numb and avoiding social activities.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, getting support is crucial. However, caregivers are traditionally not as good at reaching out for help themselves. Often, there is a deep-rooted psychological context for PTSD.