Secondary PTSD… What is it?

By Robert Rabe

Every critical incident has similarities, and differences.  In addition, every law enforcement officer’s reaction to an incident is individual as well.  Some officers go through the process of integrating the experience into their psyche without difficulty.  Usually this is with the help of others (peer group counseling, debriefings).  It is difficult to an effectively process an incident alone.  The family is one of the primary contacts for processing stressful incidents. But what can the family possibly do to help the officer?

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The People Who Save Lives At Safe Call Now… Tammy Norton

By Safe Call Now Admin

At Safe Call Now we are so grateful for the men and women who volunteer their time to serve all first responders, retirees and their family members nationwide in their times of need. You will never know who they are or what they look like and probably don’t care at 2:00 am because you just need help. Our Peer Advocates are so dedicated to guiding you through your time of crisis that we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce them to you. They really are special individuals.

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Managing PTSD As A Firefighter

By Joseph Hunter, M.A. – First Responder Wellness Program

Firefighters face dangerous and traumatic events on a daily basis.  There is no way to know or predict which event could affect a firefighter negatively enough to cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unfortunately, in a culture of bravery and pride, asking for help can be seen as weakness and many do not seek the help they need.  They can be left to deal with PTSD on their own and revisit difficult and negative emotions over and over again.  Firefighters can feel like they are trapped in a painful past.

If you have noticed long periods of stress that has disrupted your home and work life, asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of.  Find out more about getting help for your PTSD.

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