Paramedics & PTSD


The blood sticks to the cement,

yet it’s clear it came from a now lifeless body…

The in between stage of wet and crumbling.

The 7-year-old sways like he’s taunting me,

like he’s my own.

He’ll be in my sleep tonight

and I’ll terrifyingly go check on my son

to make sure he’s okay.

He will be; I won’t.

Centre for Suicide Prevention: first responders, trauma & suicide

  • 2 per cent of Canadians will experience PTSD, opposed to 22 per cent of paramedics
  • first responders experience PTSD two times the rate of the average population
  • In 2018, a total of 22 suicides were reported of first responders, with paramedics at the highest of eight
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