Over the past two years, 24 military personnel have committed suicide.
It’s an issue that has caused much concern among Canadians and awakened the public to the dangers of post-traumatic stress disorder. The suicides have also drawn attention to the services provided to soldiers returning from horrible combat. They deserve our best support.
During that period I met a number of paramedics who impressed me with their professionalism under the most difficult of circumstances. They shrugged off horrible situations as just part of the job. One paramedic I spoke to said he was never bothered by the sickness and carnage he dealt with until he came to a serious accident where a friend was badly injured. For that trauma, he took a day off.
The Bulldog supports their endeavours whole-heartedly. And first responders must help themselves. All the bravado in the world can’t protect a person from the constant stress of such an important vocation.
If you need help, get it. No one should think the less of the person who helps themselves in a difficult situation.
We’re not superhuman. Just human and sometimes humans need a bit of assistance.
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