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Military & Veterans

As part of the veteran or first responder community, you are tasked to provide safety during times when the environment can be very dangerous. This can take a heavy toll upon you over the long term. This can also take a heavy toll on your family.

Over the span of a career, veterans and first responders are generally subjected to a large quantity of trauma and other instances where difficult and sometimes life threatening decisions must be made. This requires a person to be very resilient and this is what the training to do these jobs is all about. Being resilient and capable of providing this service through these events is something we can be proud of. However, this resiliency can slowly degrade over time to the point where our mental health can be negatively impacted.

Culturally, it can be difficult to reach out for help when the focus has been on doing the work even when we are injured and not feeling at our best. The paradigm has shifted across the veteran and first responder communities across Canada enabling injured persons to feel more comfortable with asking for assistance to manage. Having the support of your chain of command is key to help minimize the negative social comment that often worsened the effects of trauma experiences. Now is the time to reach out and ask for help.

At Lavender Counselling, we understand the pressure on veterans and first responders to always be on alert and to carry the burden of traumas they witness to keep civilians and regular citizens safe. We help you to drop some bricks out of your metaphorical backpack so you can continue the work that you do.

For more information on complimentary groups supporting Veterans and First Responders, check out Wounded Warriors Canada.

To ensure we honor the voices of those with lived experience, this section has graciously been written by Lt Col (retired) Chris Linford.