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PTSD & First Responders

Description: A free 1-hour panel discussion on PTSD in first responders.

When: April 13, 2017 12:45pm - April 13, 2017 2:00pm

Where: 55 John St, Toronto

Venue: Metro Hall

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2017-04-13 12:45pm 2017-04-13 2:00pm America/Toronto PTSD & First Responders A free 1-hour panel discussion on PTSD in first responders. 55 John St, Toronto Healthy Minds Canada [email protected]


We commonly hear the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD in the news as well as movies, and TV shows. Although the term has gained popularity there are still many misconceptions about who lives with PTSD and how it can affect life in almost every aspect. Did you know? 1 in 10 Canadians will report fitting the symptoms for PTSD at some point in their lives, and first responders are twice as likely as the general public to develop PTSD. Common signs include nightmares, uncontrollable memories, persistent fear and anxiety.

Although PTSD cannot be predicted or prevented, early diagnosis is essential and patients treated early often have the long-term goal of full-remission. PTSD is still misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and stigmatized. It can cause long term health issues but it can be treated.

We discussed early diagnosis, self-care techniques and mental health in the sector of first responders.



April 13, 2017

12:45 – 2pm



Metro Hall

55 John St

Room 314

Toronto, ON



Chris Boddy  (Moderator) – Inspector with the Toronto Police Service

Dr. Katy Kamkar – Psychological Trauma Program at CAMH & Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT

Bill Rusk – Executive Director for Badge of Life Canada

Vince Savoia – Founder and Executive Director of The Tema Conter Memorial Trust

Kathy Adetuyi BA, BSW, RSW – Addiction counselor at Bellwood Health Services

Kevin Doherty – Captain, Quality Management & Accreditation, Toronto Fire Services


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