Psychological Wellness Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mental Health A First Responders Perspective

June 13, 2019 :: Kyle Wilkinson
Moderated by Knud Petersen

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect people from all walks of life. Recent statistics point towards those working in emergency services and the military as being at greater risk. 1 out of every 4 paramedics will be diagnosed with PTSD over their career. This need not be a life sentence.

Being educated in psychological wellness is the first step in tackling this epidemic head on. Learning how to identify signs and symptoms is important for not only first responders and their families, but also for members of the public. We are all at risk of developing PTSD after a traumatic event.

At its worst, PTSD can dominate and control all aspects of one’s life. Things that normally were enjoyed, no longer energize people. Many days, getting out of bed may be a struggle. First Responders are ordinary people tasked with handling extraordinary events every day. There’s a human element behind the lights and sirens.

The speaker will share his story while relating to his own battle with PTSD. Although not all cases can be prevented, treatment works, and there is a life after PTSD.

Speaker: Kyle Wilkinson

Kyle Wilkinson is an Advanced Care Paramedic living in Southern Alberta. His firefighter/paramedic career has spanned over 20 years, in two provinces.

Moderator: TBA

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: Doors open 11:30 am, Presentation 12 noon, buffet lunch 12:30 pm, Q&A 1 – 1:30 pm
Location: Royal Canadian Legion (north door) 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge
Cost: $14 buffet lunch with dessert/coffee/tea/juice or $2 coffee/tea/juice. RSVP not required

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