An Alberta patrol officer, who’s strolling throughout Canada to interrupt the stigma of Put up Traumatic Stress Dysfunction (PTSD) amongst first responders and navy communities, stopped by Oakville Tuesday, Aug. 2 to let folks know it is OK to not be OK.
Chad Kennedy and various his supporters attended the Halton police headquarters the place he talked about his stroll, Sea to Sea for PTSD.
The Alberta Sheriff Freeway Patrol officer stated he was initially significantly worsened with PTSD in 2018, however the conditioned in 2020 after he responded to a horrific car crash.
“I used to be considered one of six regulation enforcement officers on scene at a mass casualty bus roll over at Jasper Nationwide Park…We did not have EMS in any respect, they had been an hour and a half away,” stated Kennedy.
“You see a number of lifeless folks, however you see plenty of damaged folks that you would be able to’t do something for. You are helpless.”
After two weeks of struggling to cope with what he had skilled at that crash scene Kennedy contemplated taking his personal life, however because the night time went on, he as a substitute got here up with the thought of strolling throughout Canada to lift consciousness of PTSD first responder and navy/veteran communities.
Regardless of committing to this PTSD stroll and beginning coaching for it, Kennedy stated he nonetheless didn’t search assist for his situation.
This modified in February 2021 when Kennedy discovered he was too afraid to get in his patrol automobile.
“I needed to telephone a buddy to reassure me that it was okay for me to ask for assist,” stated Kennedy.
“Folks had put me on this pedestal as a psychological well being advocate, however I had no concept what the hell I used to be doing or what Put up Traumatic Stress was doing to me.”
Kennedy is now on long-term incapacity and is receiving remedy to assist him along with his PTSD.
He says his remedy crew agreed strolling the nation can be nice remedy for him.
The stroll started April 4, 2022 in Cranbrook, BC and is scheduled to complete in October on the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border.
The Alberta man additionally hopes the stroll will assist kick begin a brand new basis that focuses on psychological well being packages for the emergency companies and the navy.
“We see the s&*t,” stated Kennedy.
“If there may be something I may ever go away with anyone right here or these throughout the nation it is that it is okay to not be okay and, rattling it, ask for assist. Do not let this demon destroy you. It’s going to do all the things in its energy to separate you from your loved ones and mates and it’ll get you alone and it’ll eat you.”
These current additionally heard from Lisa Ellsworth who has been a member of the Halton Police Communications Division for 19 years.
Ellsworth, who can be dwelling with PTSD, says there was no single name that triggered it.
“Round yr 15, it was like a brick to the pinnacle,” stated Ellsworth.
“Immediately began calls bothering me. I sat at my desk crying after a name as a result of there was a daycare employee that was screaming for assist. She could not bear in mind methods to do CPR. She was simply screaming, and I could not do something to assist her. I needed to hearken to the ambulance attempt to calm her down. In the meantime, I am watching the officers on the display screen and I am like ‘holy s&*t’ are you able to drive sooner. Let’s go.”
Ellsworth stated she pushed on and tried to cope with her situation alone.
She says she was a nightmare to dwell with noting all the things made her offended.
Ellsworth consider herself as rubbish and got here with out saying the world can be higher her.
She finally needed to go away work however bought assist and is now collaborating in Kennedy’s stroll, which she referred to as a therapeutic journey.
Kennedy stated first responders and members of the navy have signed as much as do issues others will not do and referred to as on them to be proud.
He described PTSD as “an honorable damage.”
For extra info or to make a donation go to https://www.seatoseaforptsd.ca.