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Responder Resilience, 02/03/2022

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Real Stories: Healing PTSD with EMDR - a mini-documentary

Real Stories: Healing PTSD with EMDR - a mini-documentary On this episode of Responder Resilience we hear from the rank and file, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and dispatch who have used EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to overcome traumatic stress.

They received therapy and the support of a responder-savvy, compassionate counselor who provided them a safe space to process their emotions.

This is an up close and personal look at EMDR and how it changed the lives of several responders- who courageously stepped up to speak their truth and share their stories so that others might see the benefits and positive solutions to the growing mental health crisis within emergency services.

First responders are repeatedly exposed to the most traumatic moments of other people's lives. This cumulative stress and trauma, along with lack of sleep and unhealthy lifestyle can lead to PTSD. It's estimated that up to 24% of dispatchers, and 35% of police officers suffer from PTSD. Estimates suggest that as many as 400 firefighter and EMT deaths by suicide occur each year. The risk of addiction and suicide increases when PTSD, depression, or other mental health issues that are left untreated.

The responder community is starting to recognize the severity of this mental health crisis, and is taking action to get help. The stigmas and culture around speaking openly and honestly about PTSD and mental health challenges are changing dynamically, as barriers are coming down.

Headlined Show, Responder Resilience March 2, 2022

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Real Stories: Healing PTSD with EMDR

On this episode of Responder Resilience we hear from a veteran, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and dispatcher who have used EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to overcome traumatic stress. This is an up close and personal look at how EMDR changed the lives of several responders, who courageously stepped up to share their stories so that others might see positive solutions to the growing mental health crisis within emergency services. Watch the SHOW TRAILER: https://youtu.be/LbbDb08ZBZc

First responders are repeatedly exposed to the most traumatic moments of other people's lives. This cumulative stress and trauma, along with lack of sleep and unhealthy lifestyle can lead to PTSD. It's estimated that up to 24% of dispatchers, and 35% of police officers suffer from PTSD.* Estimates suggest that as many as 400 firefighter and EMT deaths by suicide occur each year.** The risk of addiction and suicide increases when PTSD, depression, or other mental health issues are left untreated. The responder community is starting to recognize the severity of this mental health crisis, and is taking action to get help. The stigmas and culture around speaking openly and honestly about PTSD and mental health challenges are changing dynamically, as barriers are coming down.
*National Alliance on Mental Illness.   **Vigil, Neil H et al. “Death by Suicide-The EMS Profession Compared to the General Public.”

Watch it live Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm ET (and for replays):

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Guest, Veteran Dan and First Responders Kasey Nick Pete Samantha Tim Joe

Guest Name
Veteran Dan and First Responders Kasey Nick Pete Samantha Tim Joe
Guest Occupation
Firefighter EMT Paramedic Police Officer Vietnam Veteran 911 Dispatcher
Guest Biography

Dan served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-1970 and spent 22 months in Vietnam.  He was in 7 major operations and was awarded 3 Purple Hearts.  He later served in a Texas police department and was chief of a Vermont fire department.

Joe is a firefighter/EMT, Pete is a Police Officer and Crisis Coordinator, Samantha is a Police Lieutenant, Kasey is a 911 Dispatcher, Nick is a paramedic and Tim is a firefighter/paramedic.

Responder Resilience

Responder Resilience show is dedicated to improving the mental and physical well-being of police, fire, EMS, and dispatch personnel. Hosted by Lt. David Dachinger (Ret.), Dr. Stacy Raymond, Psy.D., and Bonnie C. Rumilly, LCSW/EMT-B, these broadcasts feature expert guests sharing vital information about wellness topics for first responders. For resilience strategies with compassion and humanity from the front lines of responder health and wellness, subscribe and watch it here. 

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