An Engaging Discussion on the Impact of PTSD, Behavioral Health Stressors, & Resources to Support Your First Responders
Thursday, June 2
11 a.m. (PT) | 12 p.m. (MT) | 1 p.m. (CT) | 2 p.m. (ET)
Every day, first responders put their physical and mental health on the line to serve and protect their communities. It is widely recognized that first responders are at greater risk for full or partial posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than most other occupations due to their regular exposure to traumatic stressors.
In recognition of June as National PTSD Awareness Month, join Chief Todd LeDuc (Ret), Chief Strategy Officer for Life Scan Wellness Centers, and Captain Dena Ali of Raleigh, NC FD as they will focus on the host of behavioral health stressors, inclusive of PTSD and first responder suicide. Captain Ali will also discuss how post-traumatic stress is a normal and adaptive response to stress, and how resiliency before and after a traumatic event has significant power to prevent the manifestation of long-term PTSD.
During this webinar presentation, you will learn:
- The role that early detection plays
- The importance of Personal and organization support networks such as awareness level training and peer support programs
- Having pre-identified and trained behavioral health clinicians available that are familiar with the unique needs of first responders
About the Presenters:
Chief Todd LeDuc retired as executive assistant fire chief in Broward County (FL) after 30 years of service and joined Life Scan Wellness Centers as their Chief Strategy Officer. Life Scan Wellness Centers is the Nation's largest provider of comprehensive integrated NFPA 1582 physicals in early detection. Chief LeDuc has a master's degree in executive fire service leadership, is a credentialed chief fire officer and fellow in the Institute for Fire Engineers. He is a peer reviewer for both professional credentialing and agency accreditation with the Center for Public Safety Excellence and Board Member for the IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section. He is the Editor of Fire Engineering's Surviving the Fire Service books and publishes and speaks frequently, as well as serves as a fire service advisor to multiple fire service occupational health research studies.
Dena Ali is a captain with the Raleigh (NC) Fire Department where she has worked her way up the ranks. She previously served as a police officer for five years. Ali has a degree from North Carolina State University and an MPA from the University of North Carolina—Pembroke, where her research focused on firefighter suicide. As a graduate student, she was awarded the 2018 MPA student of the year. She has also received several awards throughout her career. One that she is most proud of is the NC Office of State Fire Marshal Honor, Courage, and Valor award that she earned in 2018 for her steadfast effort to bring awareness to firefighter mental health through her vulnerability.
Dena has also served as a subject matter expert at the National Fire Academy where she assisted in curriculum review for their health and wellness curriculum. Dena is an advocate of awareness, education, and understanding of mental health disorders and suicidality. She speaks locally and nationally on these topics and is a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor. She has written several articles on topics such as suicide prevention, peer support, wellness, and post-traumatic stress. Dena is the founder and director of North Carolina Peer Support where she helped to develop their statewide curriculum. She is also a founding member of the Carolina Brotherhood, a group of cyclists/firefighters in North Carolina who honor the fallen and their families annually.