On Saturday, March 3rd, I'm streaming on my Twitch channel for a very important cause. As most of you know, I lost my uncle last year to suicide after he dedicated his entire life to the goal of helping others through his career as a Paramedic. Being who I am, I dealt with it in typical me fashion: I researched.
It turns out, he wasn't alone. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, generalized mental disorders, etc. are all common in the public service industry due to the trauma first responders face every single day. In fact, it's more UNCOMMON for a first responder to come out unscathed from their career in this industry.
From that research, I got to thinking about why, if it was so common, it wasn't talked about. Considering I'm from a family of such individuals, you'd think I'd have been taught that this is something to be expected. Hell, the fact that I still get flashes of some of my more traumatic calls is something we used to laugh about in my old department as a rite of passage, but, guys, that's a freaking sign of PTSD.
So welcome to the Code Green Campaign. I met a woman whose son works for a branch of this organization at my uncle's funeral, and when the name came up in my research, I dove in. Guys, this is great, and we should pay more attention to this. Its sole purpose is to bring mental health awareness to the first responder community. To remove the stigma around asking for help when you are the help givers.
Maybe if this had more reach, and we could convince a few more people that it's ok to NOT be ok, then we would lose a few less great people.
So yeah. TL;DR. Streaming because fuck suicide and PTSD and rites of passage that cover serious problems.