Did you know that 1 in 4 First Responders experience Posttraumatic Stress (PTS), and if left untreated may lead to PTSD? SC4i has developed training materials to enhance treatment for people with PTSD. Now, we'll expand on that program to include and help family members of First Responders. Our videos and resources are already a part of department programs across our nation, and it is time to get it into the hands of families.
PTSD can make somebody hard to be with. Living with someone who is easily startled, has nightmares, and often avoids social situations can take a toll on the most caring family. This can lead to marital problems and family violence. Their partners have more distress. Their children have more behavior problems than do those of First Responders without PTSD. First Responders with the most severe symptoms had families with the worst functioning. And unfortunately, the divorce rate in First Responder families are a staggering 75 - 95% in some departments.
But, it doesn't have to remain this way. There is hope and PTSD is not something that has to effect someone for the rest of their career or life. Through knowledge of what to look for and what actions to take - PTSD debilitating effects on everyone involved can subside.
It is so crucial that we get information into the hands of our country's First Responders and their family members. Help us raise $20,000 to provide First Responder families across the nation with tools and techniques to handle the struggles and challenges that occur when one is experiencing PTSD. Join us as we make a difference.