Study Reveals Roadblocks to Mental Health Counseling in First Responders

First responders believe mental health is as important as physical health, but feel that there are repercussions for seeking help

Why we all Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies. – Ted Talk

The Chilling Aftershock of a Brush with Death

In April 2003, just as American troops began rolling into Baghdad, a shell smashed into the building author and war correspondent Jean-Paul Mari was reporting from. There he had a face-to-face encounter with death, beginning his acquaintance with a phantom that has haunted those who have risked their lives on battlefields since ancient times. “What is this thing that can kill you without leaving any visible scars?” Mari asks. We know it as post-traumatic stress disorder — or, as Mari describes it, an experience with the void of death. In this probing talk, he searches for answers to questions about mortality and psychosis and in the aftermath of horror and trauma. -Ted Talk

How to Make Stress your Friend

Stress.  It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat.  But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case.  Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to a n unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others. TED Global 2013

Concepts of Resiliency

Why should you consciously develop the skills of resilience? Emergency responders suffer PTSD and suicide at rates at least twice that of the general population.

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