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Former Corporal Walking To Raise Money, Awareness for PTSD in Canada

Former tank driver and soldier Cpl. Kate MacEachern is preparing for her final, longest and hardest Long Way Home.

It’s a walking challenge she undertakes carrying a 45-pound rucksack, in order to raise awareness and money for veterans and awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

MacEachern, 36, started the Long Way Home fundraiser in 2011, and in 2012 she started her first walk suited up in full military uniform and gear for a 19-day, 576-kilometre walk from CFB Gagetown, N.B., to her hometown of Antigonish, N.S.

She raised $20,000 for the military group Soldier On and shortly after completing that walk she was preparing for the next one…

Source: www.thetelegram.com

PTSD Rampant Among 9/11 Responders

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds.

When tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than EMS workers who didn’t work that day. Responders were also twice as likely to have depression, according to the study.

EMS responders had nearly four times the risk of acid reflux and sinus infections compared to those who weren’t at work on the day of the attack. And the risk of obstructive airway disease was more than doubled in EMS responders, the study found.

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San Francisco Police Reveal Emotional Aftermath

After a Montana officer’s breakdown went viral, the public started to see the often hidden, emotional aftermath following a shooting in the line of duty.

Millions have seen the video on YouTube of a Billings, Montana cop crying on the hood of his car after he shot and killed a man. It’s an emotional response you rarely see. Officers ABC7 News spoke with, who have fired their weapons in the line of duty, tell us this kind of trauma happens often after a shooting — it just happens in private. ABC7 News took an in-depth look at how police cope after a shooting.

Source: abc7news.com

Police On the Scrap Heap – Blueprint for Reform In Managing Stress Disorders

Police who are psychologically injured on the job and who take their own lives should be included on the official police honour roll under a blueprint to reform systemic problems in the way post traumatic stress disorder is managed.

The “roadmap for reform” includes a recommendation for limits on the use of covert surveillance by insurance companies that process claims for compensation from police with psychological injuries. It also calls for a cross-party parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of psychologically injured police. 

As highlighted by Fairfax Media, police with post traumatic stress disorder have complained they are often isolated by the NSW Police Force and face excessive covert surveillance by insurance companies who take up to four or five years to process their claims for compensation…

Source: www.smh.com.au