If you’re in the city killing time prior to coming to RPR’d open house in the afternoon , stop by Granite Springs and say Hi to Pete, Bobby, Sean, Mark and the others!I'm very proud to say that I will be in Nova Scotia attending this event. Thank you Bobby MacKenzie for all your hard work. I'm excited to be able to come join my teammates, Sean Conohan, Kevin Davison and David Wilson. I would love to see a huge amount of support for all of the hard Bobby has done and is doing . 🏌️♂️🏌️♂️🏌️♂️🏌️♂️ ... See MoreSee Less
You have been through a tremendously stressful and exhausting nightmare scenario. Thankfully everybody went home at the end of the day.
It is important that you try to continue your normal patterns as soon as your able! Continue to exercise, golf, fish, anything that can settle the thoughts you will be having. **Eat healthy and drink lots of water** Very important!
But I ask did you mentally go home?Your body may of walked through that door and hugged you family but your thoughts and feelings have changed. Sometimes forever. There may come feelings of anger, depression, hopelessness, guilt, low self esteem or others.
First it is important to remember this is normal from being through trauma. If these feelings start to last longer than a few months you may possibly be feeling the symptoms resulting from a Post Traumatic Stress Injury.
It is important to remember it is an injury as a result from trauma in the workplace.
If you start to have sleep disturbances, flashbacks to the event, avoiding social contact by isolating yourself, nightmares, self medicating, or unexplained feelings of anger and hyper emotionality it is time to seek help. Your first step is contact your family doctor. Be totally truthful. He may/will suggest that you see a psychologist or psychiatrist. He may suggest talking to a counsellor that specializes in trauma healing. Take that opportunity. EAP is available. Take advantage of all their resources for you and your family.
If there is a peer support group that deals with ptsd or traumatic mental health injury in your area give them a call. Most importantly find somebody who has been through the job and has recovered from a PTS injury and who is willing to listen. The opportunity to converse with a peer who has been through what you are experiencing is so important to your recovery. There are many groups/ chat rooms that can offer support and an opportunity to vent or seek advice on the internet. Anonymously!
If your MD feels that you indeed have a PTS injury file your WSIB claim. It doesn’t mean you have to leave work. You can continue to work with modifications if that is what you want to do. Remember you may have possible triggers that will remind you of the event. Could be sound, smells or emotional feelings that return your mind to the event.
There may be feelings of hyper-vigilance meaning being on edge, constantly thinking and preparing to react to situations. Research on the net or go to Badge of Life Canada an excellent resource for assistance in your area!
Remember your family is going through these changes with you and are deeply affected. They may need counselling or an understanding of what is happening to you.
There is hope! There is recovery! This is not a career ending injury necessarily! It takes hard work and the desire to heal. You’ll find it’s easier to be sick.. you will have to fight to be healthy!
Remember a warrior is somebody that will do whatever is necessary to protect or preserve the life and safety of their family or tribe!
If you have any feelings of harm to self or others contact a help line available in your area!
I am in the recovery and growth stage if a PTS injury. I was diagnosed after a suicide attempt. Self medicating is not healing and you will enter a downward spiral surprisingly quickly. Trust me! I am healing through helping others heal.
If you can’t find or don’t want to talk to some one in your area I am available! (519)498-0203. Send a message first pls. So I can find a non disturbing location to talk.
I also have a twitter account and can be reached there as well.
This lesson applies to all who far too often are placing themselves in harms way, risking life and limb for total strangers and running towards danger when others are running from the danger and those who keep danger off the streets and in the cells. Thank you for thinking more of others safety than your own, but please buddy check!From @la_5_o This the cover of my union’s magazine. It’s raw. It hits hard. Some have called it offensive. But it was also the reality for 140 police officers last year. More cops died of suicide in 2017 (140) than were murdered (46) or killed in the line of duty (129). Police pages (my own included) talk about tactics, self-defense and physical fitness. But hardly any discuss the most prolific danger of all to police: suicide.
Why? Is it that uncomfortable to talk about? Believe me, as an attendee of many, it’s more uncomfortable to be at an officer’s funeral.
Two personal stories: 1 - about 10 years ago I walked into a spot for lunch. Inside was a friend and fellow cop who worked SOE Division. We had been boots together, and although not terribly close since, we had seen each other at backups and “big” calls, etc. Although he seemed his usual upbeat, energetic self, it just seemed a little, idk, “forced”. After 10 mins, he paid his bill (I found out later, mine too) and left.
He killed himself the next day. RIP RM, I miss you bro.
2 - I was Chris Dorner’s first TO. He was actually one of the better boots I ever trained. Humble, eager and physically capable. Later after I made Sergeant, I heard he was struggling. He reached out to me a cpl times, but as a new Sgt in a busy division, I prob didn’t give his inquiries the attention they deserved. In hindsight, his emails grew angrier each time, but I guess I just interpreted them as frustration instead. He eventually lost his mind and murdered 4 innocent ppl, injuring 3 others. Shocking and unacceptable by him.
The similarity in each of these incidents is that I said nothing. Idk whether saying anything would’ve saved my friend or the ppl Dorner killed, but it could’ve? As cops, we’re trained observers. We’re adept at noticing when something isn’t right. Please, apply that to your personal contacts as well as your professional ones, and if something is off, SAY SOMETHING. You might just end up saving lives.
I’m humbly asking you to tag another cop. Doing so doesn’t mean you think they’re suicidal, just that you’re spreading awareness for this terribly important topic.
Most certainly, Police and Peace Officers should not have to look for mental health solutions, the solutions should be in place and in common usage. Be safe, be well, know when to take a mental health break, it might save you and your partner's lives! ... See MoreSee Less