Calling the suicide of an Edmonton firefighter "a punch to the gut", Fire Chief Ken Block is opening up the dialogue about PTSD and its effects on emergency responders.
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The B.C. First Responders' Mental Health Committee, chaired by WorkSafe BC, recently brought around 350 people together in Richmond BC to work towards removing the stigma of mental illness often experienced by first responders struggling to deal with extraordinary stress.
Changes to the BC Workers Compensation Act would designate PTSD and other mental disorders as "presumptive conditions" so firefighters, police officers, paramedics, sheriffs and correctional officers will no longer have to prove their PTSD is job-related.