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November 17, 2019

Braving Trauma and Grief

Florence Simmons Performance Hall
7 p.m.
$45 Tickets available on Eventbrite

A (Re)Connection Event for Heroes with Dr. Jody Carrington

This event is for anyone who has experienced trauma or grief, including but not limited to firefighters, police, correctional officers, emergency medical services workers, adn their spouses and supporters.

Organizations are only as strong as the employees who serve in them and employees are only as strong as the people who hold them.

We’ve known that for a long time: If we look after our people, if we create a culture of collective effervescence, our teams will be strong, committed, and healthy. Police, Fire, Corrections, and EMS crews experience some of the most traumatic situations on the "front-line" in their job. There is also the continued focus on the "stigma" of talking about mental health and the often-feared PTSD in the first responder world. Let me be clear about one thing: PTSD is NOT a mental illness. It is a psychological injury. Just like a physical injury, if left untreated, it will cause significant pain and disruption. And here’s the kicker - it affects the whole family and it takes a family-effort to heal. There has been a long line of resources developed for the serving member, but very little effort has been directed to the support systems.

For more information, visit the Eventbrite listing.