loader from loading.io

FOT #14 - Recognizing signs of psychological trauma in yourself, healthy ways to cope with trauma, breaking the stigma around PTSD in Emergency Services, and the mental health benefits of essential oils and terpenes

Flight of Thoughts

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Episode 14 features Derek Davis, an Advanced Care Paramedic who is hitting 15 years of experience in EMS. He takes us through several topics that all connect to mental & physical health and wellness.

*

Derek elaborates on the struggles he has faced as a paramedic and his journey to overcoming them; which many listeners will empathize with and learn a lot about themselves from.  We shed more light on how common mental health problems are among first responders and why we tend to hide them. More paramedics die by suicide than in any other profession in Canada and very few effective supports are available. Workplaces still discriminate against workers who are struggling from a condition that we are all statistically expected to have.

*

He has now been a major advocate of mental health care and education, self-care, and increased peer-support. It is important to be aware of our emotions and identify when we are feeling fear, confusion, hopelessness, or sadness from our experiences before they come out at anger and pain. We go into the signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress that can range on a complex spectrum. We share self-care techniques and how to raise more awareness and supports among first responders and emergency workers.

*

Charlie Bronson (from past episodes) also joins us to add insight, as Derek was Charlie’s preceptor when he was a student paramedic! 
This is a conversation that many first responders and mental health advocates should listen to!

 

*

Instagram

@jake_flightofthoughts

*

Facebook Community

The Psychedelic Society of First Responders and Emergency Workers

*

Boots On The Ground is a crisis support service available to first responders across Ontario (Canada).  Please reach out to this service if you are in crisis and are not sure where else to turn.  A team of fellow first responders, specially trained, can respond to you by phone or in-person visit to help provide support and resources.  https://www.bootsontheground.ca/about-us

*

This podcast is uncensored and covers many topics considered “taboo” or difficult for some individuals. We do not condone any illegal activities, as this is a platform for harm reduction and open-dialogue.  Although the ideas are mostly evidence-based and honest, the lines of reality and comedy may be blurred at times...this is your trigger warning!