First of all, Robert Boren is a rock star, and our IMMENSE THANKS go out to him for doing this show for us. Mental health is not addressed in our profession. Stigma doesn’t even begin to describe it. As you can tell in your own lives, traumatic experiences have a funny way of manifesting at the worst possible moments. While CISM is not meant to address long-term conditions such as PTSD, or even Acute Stress Disorder for that matter, it is in place to facilitate conversations about strenuous, difficult situations. So why is CISM important? CISM allows for an opportunity for discussion in a non-judgmental environment. This is not a place for critiquing your peers or to play Monday Morning Quarterback. Working in the field is stressful. It downright sucks some days, and you need a safe place to emotionally vomit before going back to the grind. No one is mentally prepared to hold a dead baby or witness a fatal car accident and be fine the next hour. Bruce Wayne, John McClain, and Rooster Cogburn were all badasses. But they were all fictional, and Hollywood never bothered to glamorize the aftermath of the destruction they witnessed. The human mind can only process so much grief, death, and disease without snapping a little. CISM is about creating a network of support within the emergency service field. Watch out for your brothers and sisters. For those in NE Indiana, the NE CISM Team services Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley county. Don’t be afraid to call. There is no weakness in admitting that a call got under your skin.
To activate the NE Indiana CISM Team, call the TRAA dispatch line at: (260)-420-8722
To learn more, visit the NE Indiana CISM Team Facebook page or http://www.icifs.org