Episode 12: PTSD and Secondary Trauma: What to notice w/ Dr. Trudy

Within this episode, Dr. Trudy Gilbert Elliot explains what signs and symptoms to look for in your first responder/front line staff family member, and resources for PTSD and secondary trauma.

Episode Resources

  • Van Der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
  • Safe Call has a 24 hour hotline for first responders.
  • The organization Code Green Campaign helps educate and destigmatize mental health issues that impact first responders.
  • First Responders Bridge helps first responders and their caregivers get connected to help for trauma.
  • The National Institute for Mental Health provides research and education for many mental health issues including PTSD.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness has local chapters and a national organization to provide education and support for those dealing with mental health issues along with their family.
  • The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit is available to anyone who wants to learn more about secondary trauma.

This episode features the song “My Tribe” by Ketsa, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes only. Any advice offered on the podcast is an educational context and is not intended as direct medical advice, nor as a replacement for it. If you are experiencing a medical or life emergency, please call 911. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273 – 8255.  If you are experiencing stress, and would like professional help please contact your insurance company to identify a therapist in your area or contact the organization you work for and ask about an employee assistance program.

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