Mar 2, 2020
Pete Tripp is an Advanced Care Paramedic with experience in many fields of paramedicine including as a flight medic. Pete's journey is a powerful story from his start as a Janitor at his local emergency hospital to his spectrum of expereince he built as a paramedic. He is open about his struggles with childhood trauma and finding his way as a troubled youth. Through building up personal resiliency and never giving up, Pete was able to become an excellent paramedic and carry on through an incredible career. He uses what he has learned over these years of experience to shed light on some of the dark sides of mental health stigma in emergency services, along with ways we can improve the atmosphere to make it safer to address these issues in the workplace. If every first responder knew how to cry, knew how to be mindful, and knew how to connect with compassion things would become much easier over time.
Pete now has been focusing on helping first responders recognize signs of post-traumatic stress and acheiving post-traumatic growth. He has been involved in his own initiatives like Navigate Change, an initiative to raise awareness and support for first responders struggling with PTSD. He feels the work he was able to do with Project Trauma Support was a major factor in his resiliency and post-traumatic growth. It was a pleasure hearing his story and his valuable perspectives on the state of emergency services and mental health stigma. Together, we discuss our own experiences with mental health struggles as paramedics and where we hope to see changes to improve the longevity of this wonderful career. We will be working together on initiatives to train new and current first responders in addictions/mental health awareness, with tools and knowledge to prepare them for a career that inevitably exposes you to major psycological trauma.
First responders must build an extensive toolkit of self-care and support for there ongoing continuum of wellbeing. Everyone will be different and an open mind will allow you to explore many avenues to improve your resiliency and ability to cope with the stressors of the career. What are the biological, psychological, emotional, social, and other factors that protect you or put you at risk for mental health distress?
This podcast is uncensored and covers many topics considered “taboo” or difficult for some individuals. We do not condone any illegal activities, as this is a platform for harm reduction and open-dialogue. Although the ideas are mostly evidence-based and honest, the lines of reality and comedy may be blurred at times...this is your trigger warning!