Cross-Canada PTSD Awareness Tour
The Tema Conter Memorial Trust is gearing up for its 2014 Heroes Are Human PTSD Awareness Tour - just 46 days to go at the time of this post!
From the tours web site: “In light of the many PTSD-related military suicides and the increase in work-related PTSD within the ranks of Canada’s public safety, correctional, and military personnel, The Tema Conter Memorial Trust is proud to announce its 2014 Heroes Are Human PTSD Awareness Tour.”
The cross-country tour will begin in beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland on May 5th. It will travel coast to coast and end in Toronto, Ontario on July 18th.With the help of local correctional, emergency services, and military organizations, The Trust will host a two- hour community-based educational event in forty-eight towns and cities across Canada. These events will highlight the impact of the psychological stressors of acute, cumulative, post- traumatic stress, and vicarious trauma and how these stressors impact the men and women of Canada’s frontline correctional, emergency and military personnel.
“These men and women see tragic events every day,” said Vince Savoia, founder and executive director of the Trust. “They witness human suffering up close and it sometimes becomes very difficult to cope with the aftermath. Smells, sounds and reliving witnessed events create lasting painful memories that sometimes haunt these men and women for life”.
The tour’s events will be open to anyone who is interested in learning more about operational stress injuries and there will be no charge to attend.
Tour sponsors include Medavie EMS, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, the Ontario Provincial Police Association, Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia, CUPE873 (Ambulance Paramedics of BC), InterContinental Hotels Group, Fines Ford Lincoln Sales and North City General Insurance.
Why are we hosting the tour?
We believe that pre-incident awareness and training of operational stress injuries is crucial in minimizing the impact of the psychological stressors of acute, cumulative and post-traumatic stress and vicarious trauma.
How will the message be delivered?
With the co-operation of local correctional, emergency services, and military organizations, we will host a two-hour
community based educational event. Speakers will discuss their personal experiences in dealing with operational stress injuries. There is NO FEE to attend these sessions.
Who is invited?
These events will be open to anyone who is interested in learning more about operational stress injuries. Frontline correctional, emergency services, and military personnel are welcome. We also encourage family members and friends, mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, and human resources professionals to attend.
Fleet Street Paramedic:
The Tema Conter Memorial Trust has been at the forefront of PTSD awareness in Canada, especially in mainstream media/television. Have a look at some of the advertisements which have aired nationally in Canada.