This community is dedicated to dispatchers in the first responders' field who are suffering and have suffered from PTSD. My focus is to help these special individuals and their families share their stories while helping others find strength and love knowing they are not alone.
You don't hear about mental illness in the dispatch world. Well it exists. The reason many don't know about it is because there's little to no help for us. Burn Out among dispatchers is real. We are the first to hear the screams, the cries, the pain, and the hurt from those who are in need of help. We have to make sure that the EMTS, Police Officers and Firefighters have all the information they need when responding to a call. Sometimes that's hard to do but we do our best in getting the correct information. We also have to make sure the person on the line feels safe and secure and that help is on the way. While we're saving lives on the phone, we are also battling mental visuals of these calls as well as dealing with our own personal lives. We're told don't bring your personal life into work, and don't bring the work home. So since there's no where to take your stressors, where does it go? These visuals stay in your mind until you can't hold it any longer. Trying to focus when you're reliving past jobs that you can't stop thinking about is difficult.
Justice 4 Just Us is some thing I created to help other dispatchers who are suffering form PTSD in silence. I'm here to make sure you have all the support and to direct you to any form of service you may need. I know what we do is hard work. This is a page just for you. My job is to show you, guide you and help you get through your stressors. I know it's not easy especially when most of us are parents and have other things going on in our everyday lives. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. We may not see the people on the other end but we can still see and feel their pain. We see all these calls in our minds that many don't understand. Getting help for yourself doesn't mean you don't have any respect for our co-workers. You just want them to know that you don't need to see something in the natural to feel the same pain. Being a first responder is a hard job. Many don't want to do it and many can't do it. We are a family among each other. We all should respect and love each other. Just remember this; things will be ok if your suffering from any form of trauma. PTSD IS REAL IN THE DISPATCH WORLD
1-800 Suicide (784-2433)
1-800-273 TALK (8255)
Psychiatric Emergency Screening Program 201-262-HELP (4357)
Addition Hotline: 800-238-2333
National Drug and Alcohol Resources Centers: 800-784-6776
Family Hotline: 800-843-5437
Sexual Assault: 800-601-7200
Domestic Violence: 800-572-SAFE (7233)
Last year I started suffering from PTSD. I started having problems in my person life as well as old jobs started playing back in the back of my mind. I started feeling scared to answer the phone because I didn't want to relive these jobs about the little baby that was molested, the teenage girl that was shot and killed behind my job, and the 95 yr old that was found covered in bed bugs. I needed an outlet to discuss these thoughts and my personal issues.