CBC documentary probes PTSD in paramedics

The documentary is scheduled to air on the CBC on Sunday, April 8, at 9 p.m.

Several paramedics from B.C. will be featured in a CBC documentary on post-traumatic stress disorder among those who respond to calls in ambulances.

The documentary is scheduled to air on the CBC on Sunday, April 8, at 9 p.m.

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The introduction to the episode states:

“The latest reports show that one in four paramedics in Canada will develop PTSD in the course of their careers, and the suicide rates amongst paramedics are five times the national average. But despite increased public awareness about around PTSD, there is still surprisingly little support for these civilian workers. While understanding and support of the disorder has improved over the past two decades for other occupations, the old stigma still holds sway for paramedics. This has left them desperate for solutions that keep their struggles in the dark, and lead them to some dangerous methods of coping.”

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