The Pulse nightclub shooting laid bare an issue first responders have been dealing with for decades: Post-traumatic stress disorder is a huge issue for their field. Studies have found that anywhere from 6.5 percent to 37 percent of first responders have PTSD symptoms. According to one survey, one in 15 paramedics had attempted suicide, a rate 10 times higher than the general population.
One week before marking two years since the Pulse tragedy, 90.7 WMFE, ProPublica and the Orlando Public Library are hosting an event to illuminate how PTSD affects first responders and their families.
Join us for an immersive audio-visual experience based on 90.7 WMFE health reporter Abe Aboraya’s stories on those impacted, followed by a conversation with them and public officials on how to better address this urgent, but little-discussed, issue. Also during the event, first responders are invited to share their stories with WMFE and ProPublica reporters. Light refreshments will be provided.
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