When the Helper Needs Help… Working Through A Pandemic

By Sasha J. Lefler

I am a Critical Care Paramedic in a small town.  I’m also the supervisor of our county’s division.  I’ve worked for the same company since 2003, and I love what I do and where I work.  Sometimes, because we aren’t in big cities, it gets brushed off as we don’t experience the trauma and PTSD that first responders in the more populated areas experience.  But I don’t agree.  Sometimes, I think it’s worse.

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The Shift from “The Line”

By Debbie Terry

You know you are truly healing when your heart is at home—literally

For those of you who know me, you know that my passions are found in marriage and family. These relationships are the well-spring of life. The ones I am most focused on are the ones we create at the alter when we say “I do.” That is the beginning of the most important relationship we will ever have here on earth.

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A Day In The Life Of A First Responder In Treatment

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

Mental health disorders and addiction are some of the most pressing issues facing the public health system today. Some people are at a greater risk of developing these conditions than others, such as individuals who are exposed to traumatic events. This includes first responders; the first people to show up at the scene of a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or serious crime.

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