PTSD affect thousands of people in Canada each year and some of the most vulnerable individuals are first responders, frontline healthcare workers and those working in high-stress professions.
The most common forms of trauma resulting in PTSD included unexpected death of a loved one, being a victim of violence, and witnessing someone badly injured or killed, or repeated exposure to violent, unpleasant, graphic situations.
A study out of the University of British Columbia found that emergency personnel such as doctors, nurses, paramedics and firefighters experience post-traumatic stress at twice the rate of the average population. In Canada, it is estimated that up to 10% of war zone veterans—including war service veterans and peacekeeping forces—will go on to experience post-traumatic stress disorder.
Resilience is key to provide an effective coping strategy. How different individuals cope with the impacts of PTSD is very unique. Of all the people who will experience a traumatic event, only about 15% will have a lasting and harmful impact after it. Not all of these responses would be post-traumatic stress disorder. Why some people develop the disorder and others don’t is complex and has to do with many factors that are as unique and difficult to figure out as people are. Factors may include how we’ve faced other challenging or dangerous events in the past, our lifetime of learning how to react to these kinds of events, and our emotional styles.
What Can You Do About It?
Many people feel a lot of guilt or shame around PTSD because we’re told that we should get over difficult experiences and that we should “suck it up”. As a result, sufferers may feel embarrassed talking about it to others. Some people even feel like it’s somehow their fault. Trauma is impactful. If you are experiencing problems in your life related to trauma, it’s important to take your feelings seriously and talk to a mental health care professional.
SAVE THE DATE: The 4th Annual PTSD Symposium, October 24, 2018 will be held on October 24, 2018 at the Paris Fairgrounds, Silver Street, Paris, ON. This year, the topic will be “Moving Forward Together”, with a focus on family support and peer support. Stay tuned for complete event details coming in late summer. For more information, contact 519-752-2998, ext. 112
Special Screening of The Other Side of the Hero, June 19 at the Sanderson Centre. More details and registration information at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/exclusive-screening-of-the-other-side-of-the-hero-tickets-46440900985?aff=eac2