Every day, first responders are putting their lives at risk to answer the cries for help of others, but the consequences are staggering. When there is a crisis, most people run away, but first responders are the first to run in.
Approximately 20 per cent of all first-responders face Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at some point in their careers. PTSD is a mental illness that involves reliving a psychologically traumatic situation long after any physical danger involved has passed. First responders have become so used to responding to cries for help that they often ignore their own.
Join us for the 13th Annual Spotlight on Research Breakfast, presented by the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Alberta. We are pleased to present Col. Rakesh Jetly, OMM, CD, MD, FRCP(C), Senior Psychiatrist for the Canadian Armed Forces & Mental Health Clinical Advisor to the Canadian Forces Surgeon General as our keynote speaker, where his focus will be on understanding historic lessons learned regarding trauma and stress in the military. The topic of his presentation is: “A Century After the Great War: Mental Health Lessons Learned by the Canadian Armed Forces”.
The event celebrates innovation and research in rehabilitation medicine and mental health, particularly with respect to PTSD experienced by first responders. An interactive poster symposium will be held after the breakfast, as well as a “master class” session, where local experts, stakeholders and practitioners collaborate with the keynote speaker to address regional impacts and action items emerging from the keynote address.