Suffering in silence: How a bill in Alabama could help first responders suffering from PTSD

  • Source: WDHN-TV ABC 18 Dothan
  • Published: 02/02/2021 12:00 AM

With the Alabama state legislative session starting on Feb. 2, a bill has already been proposed to give more help towards first responders suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. When people hear the term PTSD, most do not think about firefighters, police officers, or other safety staff. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 30 percent of first responders are expected to develop some type of behavioral condition. “You know the fire service as a whole, and even here in the Dothan Fire Department, responds to a lot of traumatic situations,” Dothan Fire Deputy Chief Chris Etheredge said. “Whether that be a medical response or a fire response or a car wreck. Those are very traumatic things that can happen and you have to put together that with what’s going on in your life and how that affects each person individually.”


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