A career as a first responder carries with it a unique set of rewards and challenges. Being a police officer, firefighter, EMT, or military member means that no two days on the job will ever be alike. First responders often witness some of the most difficult moments in the lives of the men and women in the communities they serve, and are charged to keep us safe at all costs.
Unpredictability is a defining feature of the career of a first responder. Unfortunately, so is frequently navigating trauma and tragedy. Sometimes with seemingly superhuman abilities, our first responders put themselves in harm’s way to care for others. But while unavoidable, those experiences can take a heavy toll on the police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and military members who serve our communities and country each day.
That’s why treatment for these first responders is becoming increasingly holistic, integrating therapies and remedies from diverse disciplines ranging from yoga to psychotherapy. As the stigma of seeking help in the aftermath of trauma continues to dissipate, our “community superheroes” have more and more tools for recovery at their disposal.
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Liz Talago, In Public Safety, September 29, 2017