Finding Your Strength…

By Steven Smith – Retired Assistant Chief

As first responders, we are often too tough for our own good. Refusing to admit that we have weak points and that we are frail and weak at times. Having to be strong in public becomes so ingrained in us that it becomes a way of life. It finds its way into every aspect of our life, from how we deal with the public, how we deal with our families, and how we deal with ourselves.

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Who Needs Help More? The First Responder Or The Spouse?

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

There is one thing we are seeing more and more. We are seeing families suffering at the hands of our military and first responder related PTSD. When one person in the house isn’t well, it impacts the entire household. One of the biggest obstacles for us has been how the spouse or partner of the person suffering with PTSD has become just as unhealthy, if not more so, than the person with PTSD. Another key factor we must address is how much the partner affects the treatment plan with their spouse.

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Praying Away PTSD

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

People will recognize every injury out there as long as they can see it. The problem with PTSD is that often it is only those in the immediate family who see PTSD’s devastation. Those who see behind closed doors the nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, severe isolation, bursts of rage, and so much more that those outside of the home are not privy to seeing. First responders and military are trained so well to maintain a sense of calm in crisis, therefore, they are excellent at hiding their PTSD in public. The family, however, often sees it for months and years before it becomes to known to others. The problem this creates is that by the time others realize there is an issue, the PTSD has become the least of the problem often overshadowed by drinking, addiction (which includes medication, porn, sex, gambling), and the family falling apart.

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