Who cares for the caretakers?

That’s the vital question at the heart of producer/director Kevin Eastwood’s deeply insightful and heart-stirring documentary AFTER THE SIRENS, a look at the ramifications of being an Emergency Paramedic in today’s challenging times.

Powerfully revealed through candid first-hand accounts of three Paramedics, the film underscores the perils suffered by those who “just want to help” via caring for survivors of traumatic events like accidents, suicides and murders.

The upshot is everything from depression, drug and alcohol addictions and extensive Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the very worst–the rate of suicide among paramedics is 5 times the national average.

Dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event is a horror of its own and PTSD is not being recognized as its fallout. Even if a paramedic perceives they have PTSD, admitting it often doesn’t occur as they’re fearful of losing their jobs or families due to the stigma still surrounding mental health issues.

These brave and nurturing professionals who tend us when we’re at our worst, our most vulnerable, deserve to be heard and protected too.

Text and photo of BCAS paramedic Clive Derbyshire provided and reproduced with permission from CBC/Radio Canada.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the documentary here.

Thank you for taking some time out of your busy day.  As a paramedic who has struggled for years with PTSD and has thought seriously of suicide several times — this is an important issue that requires significant support!  What are your thoughts on paramedic PTSD and the suicide rate?  Please comment below.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Photograph by Jassa Campbell