Steve Fraser with Vancouver Fire and Rescue’s critical and stress management team says it’s no secret the cumulative effects of their work takes its toll on first responders.
“We know that firefighters and first responders in general have higher cases of PTSD.”
That’s why this new program will aim to increase mental health literacy and encourage access to care to ease the trauma.
“It’s an issue that needs to be addressed and this awareness program helps to address that. I don’t think it’s a solution to the problem, but I think it’s part of the answer.”
Fraser says building resiliency to assist first responders is an important first step.