Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Brunswick Introduces Compensation Legislation for First Responders with PTSD

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Brunswick Introduces Compensation Legislation for First Responders with PTSD

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Help coming for first responders with PTSD

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FREDERICTON - The wife of one of the three Mounties shot and killed in New Brunswick in June 2014 is applauding the provincial government's efforts to help first responders suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Angela Gevaudan says new legislation introduced Friday will help tear down the stigma associated with PTSD.

"The stigma that is associated to post-traumatic stress is part of the reason why so many people don't ask for help when they start experiencing symptoms and the earlier you ask for help, the easier it is to treat the issue," Gevaudan said Friday.

The amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act mean that when first responders such as police officers and firefighters are diagnosed with PTSD, it will be presumed that the condition is the result of events they experienced in their job. …

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