Waco: Program aims to stamp out stigma of firefighter PTSD

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Dr. Suzy Gulliver, the director of the Warriors Institute, she says twenty percent of firefighters will experience post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetimes.

The Baylor Scott & White Warrior Research Institute in Waco is working to combat the stigma behind PTSD among firefighters.

The "Stamp out Stigma Project" is working to develop an online training program for firefighters to view testimonies from their peers.

In the videos the firefighters will describe how PTSD has affected their lives as well as how they found treatment.

Gulliver says there is one topic that comes up frequently when firefighters describe what triggered their PTSD.

"The most commons trauma event for firefighters is an infant or child death," said Gulliver.

Gulliver says she studied hundreds of firefighters from all across the nation and Canada.

She expects the study to be written up for publication in the spring and hopes sharing the findings in the study will help others seek help.