Natalie, an Advanced Care Paramedic in Ontario, with over 13 years of experience, will share her journey through post-traumatic stress injury, addiction and suicide attempts. She was one of the paramedics at a double homicide call in Barrie, Ont. in 2012, where two women were killed as part of a satanic cult ritual, and the murderer became her patient. Natalie will discuss post traumatic stress and its impact on law enforcement personnel and other first responders, the difference between compassion and attachment, and the importance of peer support. She will also share details on her Wings of Change - Peer Support meeting model.
As a passionate mental health advocate, Natalie endeavours to break down the barriers and stigma of mental health by telling her story at awareness events such as this. She is also extremely proud to have had a voice in the successful implementation of Ontario’s ‘PTSD Bill’, Bill: 163, Ontario’s First Responders Act, which includes the presumption that PTSD in first responders is work-related.
She is also the author of Save-My-Life School: a first responder’s mental health journey.
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