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Rethinking First Responder Mental Health and Trauma

Wednesday, April 26
This class addresses our understanding of trauma, post-traumatic stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the past few years, PTSD has become a common phrase in emergency services, yet our understanding of its manifestation, diagnosis, and treatment is not well known. This class will lean on evidence-based research to explain the origins of trauma and the path toward resiliency. Over the course of history, we have learned that often, the best way to grow is through adversity. The class will describe the importance of understanding our own trauma stories and learning the common routes toward growth. These include social support, mindfulness, rest, and meaning making.'
Dena Ali, Battalion Chief - Raleigh (NC) Fire Department