Jan 8, 2019
Firefighter Paul Semeniuk steps
in The Inner Circle today to talk about mental health issues in
First Responders. As someone that arrives first on a scene when
people are in their most trying of times, Paul has seen it all. He
is leading a family of other heroes to help first responders face
the trauma and process their stress in an open, kind, and dignified
way. He talks about his own experiences with stress and
irritability, what PTSD is and what it looks like in a professional
and personal sense, and his charity Mental Rescue Society. Paul’s
work aims to provide free mental health first-aid training to his
family of other First Responders, so they can be strong and healthy
to in turn help others.
What You’ll Hear in This Episode:
incredible camaraderie that is inside Paul’s Firefighter family,
and how a team of First Responders is typically similar to a sports
old ways of distracting or ignoring stress and trauma, and why that
doesn’t work in the long run.
Mental First Aid is, and why it is such a step forward in our
society to speak openly and seek help.
PTSD is, and how it relates to First Responders.
signs and symptoms that PTSD has on our physical, emotional and
social life, and why it’s important to encourage openness and
respect when discussing it.
profound shift that happens in ours and other’s life when we truly
listen in our conversations.
you don’t have to live your life feeling irritable, confrontational
inside look at what First Responders see when answering a
different types of trauma and what they mean, including: primary,
secondoray, moral and vicarious.
you may rethink asking a First Responder to recount a memory of the
worst thing they’ve seen in their career.
proactive approach Paul and his team are taking to train recruits
early on Mental Health First Aid.
digesting a big burger led Paul to develop The Great Stair
night and day difference Paul feels as a father and husband from
getting the proper treatment and support.
signed up to help. We signed up to give back to
don’t sign up for the aftermath, and it’s something you aren’t
- “We’ve always got each other back no matter
you are irritable, that is something you need to get help
we can all look out for one person, then we are all
people in our world can deal with depression, then climbing stairs
for 24 hours pales in comparison.”
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Mental Health First Aid
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