When Helping Hurts: PTSD in First Responders

More sectors of society than first thought may be effected by PTSD — beyond the military to first responders, to journalists who report trauma and may also be exposed to threat, to people who have lived with domestic violence, to refugees in indefinite detention, to people from indigenous communities dealing with historical and current trauma, to prison populations and victims of violent crime.


Stigma as a Barrier to Seeking Health Care Among Military Personnel With Mental Health Problems

Approximately 60% of military personnel who experience mental health problems do not seek help, yet many of them could benefit from professional treatment. Across military studies, one of the most frequently reported barriers to help-seeking for mental health problems is concerns about stigma. It is, however, less clear how stigma influences mental health service utilization. This review will synthesize existing research on stigma, focusing on those in the military with mental health problems.

Research Paper, 2014

Impact of Work on the Well-Being of Police Officers and Firefighters

Work is one of the most important spheres of human functioning and has a significant impact on individual overall well-being.

Research Paper, 2013

Exposure to Human Tragedy, Empathy, and Trauma in Ambulance Paramedics

Emergency workers are exposed to events involving human pain and suffering on a daily basis. They work to rescue individuals trapped in crashed vehicles, they extricate people from fires, they collect the remains of suicide victims, they care for victims of assault. Although for the most part emergency workers are equipped to deal with these events, on occasion one particular event will have a lasting impact.

Research Paper, 2002

Breaking the Silence: Insights into the Impact of Being a Firefighter on Men's Mental Health

The purpose of this investigation was to explore the impact being a firefighter has on men’s mental health. Providing insights into how firefighters experience their work, both in terms of the job requirements as well as the occupational culture in which they work, offering personal descriptions and thus a deeper understanding of trauma symptoms related to fire fighting, providing a window into a largely closed culture and how the overt and tacit norms in the fire department impact the firefighters mental health, and finally, by speaking, the participants have started the process of breaking the silence that seems to plague the fire service related to disclosing mental health symptoms.

Research Paper, 2009

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