However a career as a firefighter, police officer and even surgeon can take a toll on one’s mental health.
The University of Regina looked at a recent self report survey used to try and determine just how common mental health issues are with our public safety workers.
Nicholas Carleton, a Professor of psychology with the U of R says despite the fact public safety workers receive intensive training to help them deal with traumatic issues, it would go against human nature not to eventually be bothered by this line of work.
“Certainly they are provided with some spectacular training, all of our public safety personnel are,” Carleton says. “But I think it’s a very tall order to expect that human beings will be trained to not be bothered by some of the things we are asking our public safety personnel to encounter.”
Carleton says it’s a special challenge to try and engage with, because we need public safety workers to be able to help the public manage situations that include mental health, but at the same time we need to figure out how to protect them from the same or similar issues.