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You Are Not Alone PTSD BC...we have your backs...do you have ours?
BC'S NEW AND SUPPORTIVE GOVERNMENT!
On July 6 2017 this Province had a major shift in change of Government, with the Liberals out of power and the NDP as a majority with the Green Party, the long awaited Presumptive Clause will finally become a reality for the First Responders of BC!
I had the privilege of sharing our concerns with the new Minister of Labor, the Honorable Harry Bains, wherein he stated "I think we have all agreed that this Legislation will happen, it is a matter of when, there needs to be further changes to the WorkSafe legislation so it could be late 2017 or in 2018, but it will happen".
Where there was some difference of opinion was whether the Presumptive Clause should be JUST for First Responders or for all Workers as in the Manitoba legislation, and others. I explained that in the recent Government Study, statistically First Responders are still at a dramatically higher rate of mental health injuries/disorders than any other profession so I expressed the concern that if the Clause is open to ALL Workers, you will once again see WSBC being bogged down with so many claims, the delays will be truly unbearable.
Here is a link to a recent article confirming the urgency of such legislation that we have been screaming for:
I, of course, am still not satisfied that it has not happened YET so I give you my word, as I have in the beginning of this journey, we will not stop fighting for this Legislation to happen as soon as possible for we cannot lose ANY MORE LIVES! I NEVER GIVE UP on what is the ethical and morally right thing to do!
December 18, 2017 was a sad day for the Kongus family in BC as they gave Captain Bryan Kongus, Richmond Fire Fighter the Ceremonial Funeral Service he so rightfully deserved. It was also a major advancement for ALL first responders who have, or may sustain a mental health injury (PTSD/OSI), as a result of the vocation that often chooses us. Captain Kongus's death was ruled a drug intoxication as a result of PTSD.
We have always known and been advocating for the families and friends for those who took their lives, because of the claims that were either denied, suspended or delayed to the point the first responder could no longer stand the pain, devastation or lonliness that suicide was freedom, and statistically, only 10% of suicides are ever reported, so maybe NOW, people will hear our outcries...NOW will Minister Bains and Premier Horgan put a motion forward, let's get that Presumptive Clause on the table like the rest of Canada has done and show the first responders of BC, you truly do care!
We can all make it happen if we all let our voices be heard, our stories be told and if YOU believe the same, go to our How you can help and contact the Honorable Harry Bains
and tell him yourself! Harry Bains, email@example.com