Some jobs are tougher than others so make sure you pay attention to your loved one’s behaviour. After a traumatic situation it’s completely normal if they show signs of stress, anxiety or depression, but if these signs are still present after four weeks, they may need extra help.
Everyone reacts to situations differently, so be flexible with the support you provide. If you notice your loved one struggling, ask them how they want to be helped. They may want to chat about it, or they may prefer some time to themselves.
Remind yourself that you don’t have to ‘fix the problem’, there are psychologists and medical professionals for that. But be there for them, let them open up, listen to them, and acknowledge their feelings.
Emergency service work can be very rewarding, but it can also be physically and emotionally draining. That’s why it’s important that our employees and volunteers reach out to their family for much needed support; however, sometimes this can take a toll on them too. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you use the tools and contacts we’ve provided below.