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Committee Investigates PTSD in First Responders–Jozwiak Report

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Friday, March 09, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol

Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress on First Responders

My colleagues on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and I this week held a hearing to look at the impact of traumatic experiences on first responders and a resulting increase in suicide.

A focus of the conversation was the stigma that prevents many from seeking or accepting help, especially from those without similar experiences, and the fear of sharing horrors that will only infect the other person without alleviating anything from the first person.

First responders are also concerned that trauma and stress on them could cause their employers to consider them incapable of doing their jobs, leaving them without access to insurance or workers compensation benefits, and unable to provide for their families.

A number of improvements are being considered, including a hotline staffed by police, firefighters, emergency service providers and their family members to give people the opportunity to talk anonymously with people who have experienced the same things.

You can watch both segments of the hearing here.


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