Information night designed to help those who help us

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

First responders in the Leduc area have suffered severe mental stress injuries as of recent, and the time is now to dispel stigmas and any negative association of mental illness and those working within the emergency services industry.

“As a firefighter/paramedic, a husband and father…if we’re more aware of the resources available to us, it could potentially save one of us,” says Daniel Sundahl, a firefighter/paramedic with Leduc Fire Services. “We need to be tearing down the barriers of what society deems ‘perceived normal’ and ‘perceived abnormal’ when it comes to mental illness and do more to educate others on the mental health resources available to those in this industry.”

This free event at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts, Jan. 22, 2019, will host six speakers, including Sundahl, on various topics, such as post traumatic growth, All Services Kinship, Legacy Place Society, Alberta Critical Incident Provincial Network, re-integration, and the Strathcona Firefighter Paramedic Spouses Association.

“In our role as community leaders, we want to put the spotlight on the issue of mental health in this industry to help shed any perceived stigma others may view when they think of mental illness,” says Leduc Fire Chief George Clancy. “We know first responders experience PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) two times the average population, and paramedics have the highest rate among first responders. We must take a stand now by demonstrating our support to our brothers and sisters, letting them know there are resources and people out there who can help. And it all begins with talking.”

Although each seat is accounted for, Sundahl says there may be a possibility of hosting a second information night due to the overwhelming response.

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook or call Leduc Fire Services at 780-980-8485. This event is hosted by Sundahl and Leduc Fire Services.

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Leduc Fire Services is an integrated department dedicated to providing community and emergency services with a vision to become a recognized leader in fire and emergency medical services. Our motto is ‘Our Family Protecting Yours.’ You can find us online at Leduc.ca/fire, Facebook.com/LeducFireServices and Twitter (@LeducFire).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications
780–980–7171
mmclaughlin@leduc.ca