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I Never Saw It Coming

In 2019 I had a very unexpected and unwanted visit from P.T.S.D. I say unexpected because I did not realize at the time what was happening. There I was making my way through day-to-day life the same as we all do until suddenly, I wasn’t. I was at a dead stop. I couldn’t focus. I wasn’t functioning. I wasn’t living. I was just … still. As a hobby writer I tend to write many thoughts and stories down anyways and … Read More

Addiction Through a Compassionate Lens

The current status of the opioid crisis as a health issue has and continues to leave its mark on communities here, at home and abroad. As noted by Dr. Gabor Maté[1], public alarm around addiction has “focused almost exclusively on drugs” (1). Addiction[2] is said to cut “a much broader swath across our culture” (1). The truth of the matter is, most addicted people use no drugs at all; addiction cannot truly be understood if, as a society, we constrain … Read More

Overcoming the Stress of Mental Health in Paramedics

Introduction It’s not easy being a paramedic. Paramedics are often the first responders to traumatic events like shootings and natural disasters, which means they can be subject to physical and mental stresses that have a negative effect on their well-being. They are also at risk of developing mental health problems, such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. But there is hope for paramedics who need help with these issues: treatment exists and it can work if you want it badly enough. … Read More

New Study Will Examine Covid-19 Impact On Paramedics In Bc And Ontario

Submitted by BCEHS and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences With more than 30 years on the job, BC paramedic specialist Brian Twaites has seen just about everything. He’s worked through the HIV/AIDS crisis, SARS, and the ongoing opioid crisis. But 11 months ago, just as COVID-19 was ramping up, he remembers one night specifically that marked a turning point for him: “The streets were getting empty, every call we went to there was now this extra step … Read More

Suicide Prevention Day 2020

There are few more deafening sounds than that left behind by a partner; due to suicide. Every 40 seconds that sound is heard somewhere in the world, according to the WHO who estimates around 800,000 people take their own lives every year. It is considered a global pandemic by many governments. But those numbers only represent the people who carry it out and are successful in their attempt. In the US alone it is estimated that over 10 million Americans … Read More

PTSD and Me: A Short Story

It hit me like a tonne of bricks. Me? It’s not possible. I’m not in that bad of shape! Or am I? A wild range of emotions went surging through my body when the person sitting across from me told me that after all my testing was completed, I had a confirmed diagnosis of P.T.S.D. Initially, all I could do was stare. I had no words. Silence. To ease the moment, I stood and walked to the back of the … Read More

The Psychological Impact of a Global Pandemic

As we near the end of 2020, we also near another milestone: It’s been a year since we began living through a global pandemic. The last year has brought us much uncertainty. We have questioned things such as the efficacy of lockdowns and how stringent they should be; concerns about the pandemic’s economic impact will ultimately have; the overall effect the pandemic will have on our healthcare systems on the individuals working within that system. The Stressors Perhaps one of … Read More

Paramedic Mental Health: You are what you sleep

Introduction It’s no secret that shift work can alter and adversely affect the health and well-being of paramedics. Yet paramedics are increasingly getting less and less sleep. Studies show that people are now averaging six to seven hours of sleep per night which is on average two hours of sleep less per night than our counterparts from the 20th century. The root cause is multifaceted, however, social media, handheld devices, light pollution, and television are largely attributed to this change … Read More

The Tour Paramedic Ride: A Way to Remember

It all started with trip down into the United States to take part in the National EMS Memorial Ride to honour paramedics that have been injured or lost in the line of duty. Their version (commonly known as the Muddy Angels) was inspired as a result of 9/11. Seven Canadian paramedics took part in May of 2010 and their determination paved the way for our own yearly Canadian event, the Paramedic Ride (Tour Paramédic). We held our inaugural event in … Read More

4th Annual Georgian College Paramedic Research Day

On December 3rd, 2019 the Georgian College Paramedic Program (Barrie, ON) held its 4th annual student-led research day. As a component of the third semester in the primary care paramedic program students are required to complete and present a research project of their choice, approved by the course instructor. Students are responsible for developing their own independent research project from creating a question, through REB submission, to carrying out the study and data analysis. The course culminates with the presentation … Read More

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