Episode 30: Airdrie Firefighter Chris Bentley opens up about Coping with Indirect Trauma, Years After the Catastrophic Wildfire in Slave Lake Alberta.
In this episode of Bend Don’t Break, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Chris Bentley.
Chris and Chief Neil Dubord discuss the topic of vicarious trauma. You don’t always have to be right on the front line to experience the side effects from a traumatic incident.
Chris shares his experience assisting with the wildfire effort in 2011 in Slave Lake, AB, and how it impacted his mental health in the years that followed. He speaks about the ups and downs he went through during and following the catastrophic event.
When we see despair all around us, we can be weighed down by the helplessness of the situation. Chris’ story is one that will relate to many others. Be sure to not miss out on his powerful story.