Rise From The Ashes

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“In the ashes of bitter tragedy, lie the seeds of astonishing rebirth.” - Stewart Stafford

“On your way to greatness, you will fall, but like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, you too shall rise again.” - Michael Bassey Johnson

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops in response to frightening or dangerous experiences that threaten harm or death to oneself or others. Symptoms typically appear within three months of the trauma, but sometimes it can take longer for symptoms to appear.

Common symptoms include:

  • Reliving the event (flashbacks)
  • Having nightmares about the event
  • Experiencing disturbing memories of the event
  • Becoming emotionally distressed when reminded of the event
  • Avoiding places, people or things that remind you of the event
  • Isolating from friends and/or family
  • Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities and/or being unable to feel pleasure
  • Having difficulty feeling and/or expressing loving feelings
  • Constantly worrying, feeling anxiety, and/or having panic attacks
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Easily angered and/or irritated
  • Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
  • Hypervigilance and/or paranoia
  • Suicidal thoughts

Did you know?

  • Two percent of the Canadian population will experience PTSD in their lifetime; however, according to the Canadian Centre for Suicide Prevention, first responders will experience it at double this rate.
  • One in four paramedics will develop PTSD in their lifetimes.
  • The suicide rate of Canadian paramedics is five times that of the average Canadian.

Need help?

In Canada, if you are in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call or text 9-8-8. When you call or text 9-8-8, you will reach a responder at one of nearly 40 local, provincial, territorial, and national crisis lines. More information can be found at: https://988.ca/

If you believe that someone else is in danger of suicide, contact your local law enforcement for immediate help (9-1-1).


  • After the Sirens (April 5, 2018).
  • First Response Mental Health.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder © 2006 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder © 2016 National Institute of Mental Health.


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