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POV: A Paramedic’s Recovery Journey

Dr Anna Baranowsky speaks with Darren Gregory, a retired Paramedic, about his journey from trauma to transformation! Darren explains that early in his career, he experienced a workplace trauma that was devastating for him but that he continued in his work as a Paramedic despite feelings of being overwhelmed.
His suggestions for recovery and trauma journey are essential learning in emergency services.

We also offer a great self-help resource, “Trauma Recovery Program”, here on www.whatisptsd.com.

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One of the worst feelings is feeling like you are all alone in the world with your pain and that no one could possibly understand.

Yet, 2 out of 10 people have been experienced post-traumatic stress. Trauma is the great human equalizer more common than you could imagine. Recognize that many people do understand and you are not alone.

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First Responders and Workplace Trauma


Dr. Baranowsky speaks with a police officer who bravely shares about her experiences in facing trauma on the job.

Here are some helpful tips she shares.in the video.
1. Facing trauma helps.
2. Allowing yourself to think or talk about the trauma.
3. Opening up to someone you trust about the trauma.
4. Accepting that you need to learn to accept the situation.
5. Breathing techniques can make a huge difference.

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First Responders Need Help Too

The recently launched “You Are Not Alone” Campaign sheds light on post-traumatic stress disorder among Emergency Responders such as police, firefighters, and paramedics.  Tragically, there have been 24 suicides within the past six months among this population. Those who help others can struggle with the impact of exposure to trauma in the workplace.  Emergency responders can experience Secondary Traumatic Stress and need to be diligent in self-care.  Their organizations, family and friends need to support our wounded warriors to ensure that we do not lose even one more to PTSD suicide a result of their helping work.

Dr Anna Baranowsky speaks more about EMS Secondary Trauma.

Dr Anna Baranowsky talks about the tragic suicides of police, EMS, military members and other care providers. She encourages EMS to seek help when needed and organizations to support staff. She reminds wounded warriors that help exists and that you do not need to suffer in silence alone. 

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