OSI and PTSI
Why is a Responder Retreat Needed in our area?
Public Safety Personnel (PSP) are always the first on the scene. We all know one or have had need for one.
OSI or "Operational Stress Injury", and "Post Traumatic Stress Injury" ,are mentsl health issues that are very real to PSPs and Veterans alike.
Unfortunately, the repercussions can be very severe to the responder and also their families.
An "Operational Stress Injury" (OSI) is any constant psychological problem resulting from operational duties performed while serving in the Canadian Forces (CF) or as a member of the RCMP. This is a brief description but it is very applicable to first PSPs as well.
"Post Traumatic Stress Injury"can affect anyone. From an event that happened yesterday to something that may have happened long ago in the past. People can relive the incident and how it affected them over and over.
Withdrawal, insomnia, no appetite, no desire for social interaction are just a few. In severe cases, the trauma can become so bad that suicide becomes an option. this is becoming a growing trend among PSPs.
We will provide the opportunity for rest among peers, to participate in activites like Equine Assisted Learning and other activities that the tools needed will become entrenched for future use by our guests.