It will take some time to heal, after the tragic events on Friday that saw two police officers and two civilians shot and killed.
One mental health advocate says it is important that first responders and members of the public recognize the signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Anne-Drea Allison is a Spokesperson for TEMA Conter Memorial trust, a group that helps in the aftermath of tragic events like this one.
She says all first responders can be affected in one way or another, “Anytime that first responders are involved in a critical incident such as that one, 15 to 30 per cent of them develop PTSD in their career.”
Allison says the public can also feels the effects., that may come immediately, or over time, “I would love at the group of individuals who were present at the scene, “Were they an observer, or did they experience sensory issues, or did they have a relationship with one of the individuals who was killed?”
She says the first step is recognizing the signs, reaching out and seeking support.
Allison also noted there are four pathways to stress, “General stress and critical incident stress, which are both normal reactions to everyday events. and can be felt immediately. The other two are cumulative and Post Traumatic Stress. They can destructive and can appear over time.”
She says the stress is manageable, with the right guidance.
Allison lives on Brookside Drive in Fredericton, down the street from where the tragic shootings occurred.
Four people were shot and killed, 43 year old Constable Sara Burns and 45 year old Constable Robb Costello, who were both members of the Fredericton Police Force. The other two victims are 42 year old Donald Robichaud 32 year old Bobbie Lee Wright.
48 year old Matthew Raymond is facing four counts of first degree murder in connection with the deaths.
For assistance contact Horizon or Vitalite Health or the TEMA Conter Memorial Trust
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