A paramedic and the founder of the “You are not alone” PTSD group is worried not enough is being done to help first responders suffering from PTSD.
Lisa Jennings says a presumptive clause from the B.C. government could save the lives of first responders.
Jennings says currently, first responders must prove they are suffering from PTSD before receiving support.
“From 2012 to the 16 months after that, over one thousand mental health injury claims were given to Work Safe. 114 of them were of the paramedic category, and only 31 were compensated.”
She adds living with PTSD can be extremely debilitating, and isolating.
“It’s a job where these individuals truly are passionate about helping individuals. When they’re sick or scared or frightened or in danger or their house is burning down, we’re there for them. But when we’re sick there’s absolutely nobody willing to help us.”
Jennings would like PTSD to be talked about as a legitimate work place injury.