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PTSD — time to talk about it … and listen

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Post traumatic stress disorder takes a toll on our first responders.


In a crowd, you will see me with my back to the wall.

Because that is the only way I feel safe, the only way I can let go and actually listen to what’s going on around me.
I know it — I understand it, to a point. It doesn’t get better. At this point, it’s not going to. It’s one of a bunch of little things I’ve learned to give in to.
But I’m lucky. My demons — from six years or so of accident rescue as a volunteer firefighter — are relatively small and painfully familiar at this point.
The same can’t be said for other emergency services workers.
This week, an RCMP officer in Newfoundland took his own life. Many of us in the Newfoundland and Labrador media have dealt with Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe over the years, and, on the outside, he had always been approachable, likeable and funny. He was always professional.

His obituary starts out, “Passed........

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