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How First Responders Can Cope with Survivor’s Guilt in a Healthier Way

How First Responders Can Cope with Survivor’s Guilt in a Healthier Way

Survivor’s guilt is a difficult emotion to overcome for first responders. They often struggle to deal with the emotional piece of realizing someone they tried to save is injured or did not survive and they couldn’t save them. Sometimes with the best intentions, they cannot save their lives, even if they are there when they take their last breath. The… Read More
Tips for First Responders to Handle Stress and PTSD Symptoms on the Job

Tips for First Responders to Handle Stress and PTSD Symptoms on the Job

First responders have a tough job. They deal with stress and trauma on a daily basis as part of their work. They may already have dealt with stress in their life before becoming a first responder but sometimes PTSD happens after experiencing and witnessing as much trauma as they do. The culture of working as a first responder can be… Read More
How to Help Veterans Handle Transition Stress by Building Resilience

How to Help Veterans Handle Transition Stress by Building Resilience

Transition stress in military life is not often thought about by those outside the military. From that point of view, it may seem easier to transition from active duty to civilian life because they are not having to be in warzones, combat areas, or on active duty. For those on the inside of military life, veterans and their families often… Read More
what is treatment motivation

What Is Treatment Motivation?

Treatment is a great option when struggling with addiction to substances, but even when treatment is available not everyone enrolls. Treatment motivation is also not enough to get people into treatment. They need access to care. This barrier to treatment is difficult to overcome for many. They may also try outpatient rather than inpatient programs. This means they have to… Read More
Moral Injury

Steps to Address Moral Injury in First Responders

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health issues are common in first responders across the board. They deal with traumatic situations at work almost daily, without much time to navigate how they feel about it. Many police services work odd shifts, long shifts, double shifts, and sometimes even triple shifts in order to keep their short-staffed services working to serve… Read More
Complicated Gief

Why Do First Responders Experience Complicated Grief?

Grief is something rarely talked about openly, and even more rarely amongst first responders. After all, they deal with life and death situations nearly every shift. It is hard to look at death in the face so much and not feel something, yet that is what is required of them day after day. Humans are never meant to face such… Read More