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December 15, 2014

PTSD prompts overhaul of Canadian service's psychological support

Vancouver Sun

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada — B.C. Ambulance Service is overhauling its psychological support for paramedics struggling with the emotional stress of their jobs after acknowledging it has not done enough to help employees cope with the traumas they see every day.

“What we realize is the stress our employees are under because the nature of their job is quite different to a lot of other workforces,” said Julie Wengi, B.C. Ambulance’s executive director of human resources. “We are hoping that this provides a level of support that our paramedics haven’t had in the past.”  

Two Vancouver Island paramedics, Lisa Jennings and Joanne Trofanenko, told the Times Colonist they have post-traumatic stress disorder related to experiences in their jobs, but there are many more suffering in silence.

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