Province launches review of Alberta WCB

 

NAFFVN/ First Responder Support Network Alberta are pleased to see the current NDP Government start a review of Alberta WCB and the Presumptive PTSD legislation as it impacts first responders in law fire and ems in the province.  We continue to advocate as an NGO with our Veterans Voice being listened to in Alberta.  View the video announcement Click Here

Ontario government passed the Supporting First Responders Act

 

Recently the province passed the Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act, which is new legislation that will create a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first responders is work-related. The presumption allows for faster access to WSIB benefits, resources and timely treatment. The act is part of the province's strategy to prevent or mitigate the risk of PTSD and provide first responders with faster access to treatment and the information they need to stay healthy.  More info Click Here

NAFFVN supports the International Critical Incident Foundation as a First Step Tool.  Click Here For more info and read Jeff Mitchel's dialogue on the 7 step process for a critical debrief. 


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NAFFVN ALONG WITH AMERICAN ADDICTIONS CENTERS AND THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL have teamed up to provide 24/7/365 crisis coverage to support you on the front lines of your community. Use the number. It could save your life.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 
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Click Here to download a poster presentation on mental health and safety from
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FIRELINES FLAMES AND EMBERS edition 2 May 16, 2016

 

Mental Health Front Line News for Fort McMurray FIREFORCE MEMBERS

 

Edition 1 covered the tier 1 FIREFORCE  responders and in this edition

 

We ask that you stay basic and F.O.C.U.S.E.D. (First Responder Observe Care Under Stress Defense.)

 

F.I.R.E.S. WITHIN STRESS INFORMATION;  FIRST RESPONDER INCREASED RISK EXPOSURE TO STRESS

 

CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR TIER 1 FIRST RESPONDERS (2&3) WHO ARE NOW ROTATED OUT OF FT. MAC ARE IN THE A.S.D. OR ACUTE STRESS DISORDER PHASE OF PTSD WHICH LASTS UP TO 30/35 DAYS defined by DSM V/APA;  IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FIND YOUR BALANCE AND HAVE A PLAN SO HERE ARE SOME TIPS FROM VETERANS WHO HAVE PTS AND WANT YOU TO PUSH BACK BEFORE IT BECOMES A PROBLEM;

 

-Check in with a G.P. and get a full physical as soon as you can.

-Check Carboxyhmoglobin counts.

-Get Cortisol Test for stress.

-Complete Beck Stress Anxiety Test administered by your G.P. REPEAT WEEKLY UNTIL IT IS UNDER CONTROL;

-Fill out Exposure Reports and file with your Employer.

-Start a sleep log and keep it up to date over the next 6 months. RX SLEEP MED IF NEEDED.

-Try and maintain high protein levels, avoid sugars, keep hydrated.

-Per your own protocols in law fire and ems established access to E.A.F.P. check in with them along with your g.p.  Start your Recovery Process and MAINTAIN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS ON YOUR STRESS LEVELS.

-Access to Legacy House in Edmonton Red Deer and Calgary, contact them if you need respite or need shelter short term.  Its quiet and private, listed on the web.

-Seek psychological help from a competent trauma informed clinician. 

 

DO NOT ISOLATE;  MAINTAIN FAMILY AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL CONTACTS WITH YOUR TEAM.  ISOLATION WILL LEAD YOU TO DEPRESSION AND PTS ALONG WITH SLEEP DEPRAVATION.  KNOW THE SIGNS OF DEPRESSION.  DISCUSS WITH YOUR G.P./LEARN HOW TO COUNTER THEM WITH HEALTHY CHOICES. EXERCISE AND GOOD FOOD.

-Buddy up with someone you trust as a responder.

-Put yourself F.I.R.S.T. "First Responder Initial Response to Stressful Trauma"

-S.T.E.P. up to the MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE TO STAY HEALTY;  "Sound Off, Tell a Friend how your doing not ok but ok enough, Employ all available means of assistance, engage competent psychological help.

 

Additional Information;  web firefighterveteran.com


 

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Removing The Stigma of Mental Illness

Dr de Blois uses Mindfullness Training along with Equine Assisted Therapy.click the link below to view her web site and view her extensive credentials. She is a highly certified Trauma Informed Clinician.


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Station House’s residential program is designed to help first responders overcome substance addiction. The program is exclusive to first responders.



“If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath—a wolf.


 

 

They can help you get back to the job or to a new beginning and quality of life with the tools necessary to master critical incident stress.

 


 

Stephanie Conn, Registered Clinical Counsellor, R.C.C., specializing in issues affecting emergency services personnel. Former law enforcement officer and CISM peer support.  Vancouver B.C.

 



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