Fire Fighting in Canada

Defining stress and states of mental health

January 6, 2020 
By FFIC Staff

Mental wellness is closely related to preventative care. For the fire service, this means reaching out for help before one’s sense of self seriously deteriorates. Nick Halmasy, a former firefighter, registered psychotherapist and founder of After the Call, joins host Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope, B.C., for a conversation about his experience with stressful calls alongside determining what is or isn’t within the range of a biologically normal stress response. He emphasizes there are a multitude of roles stress plays in a person’s life. A state of mental distress does not always indicate PTSD, but needs appropriate help nonetheless.

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