Mental Health Resources Available for PTSD | New
TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A new employee assistance program in Tippecanoe County will help people dealing with work-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
The program is designed for employees of the sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office, community corrections and other government departments.
They are eligible for counseling if they have been exposed to situations that put them at risk of PTSD.
Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said those cases include graphic car crashes and crime scenes.
You react to this accident involving a child and then you don’t realize it at the time, but it affects you,” Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said. “You may not lose sleep right away, but a few months later he may start to get up and you lose sleep, maybe you are acting a little out of the norm and not sure what is going on.
He added that this idea had been in the works for more than three years.
There are things that you hear, see, smell and do throughout your career that are going to affect you,” Goldsmith said. “It may not affect you now, but it may affect you ten years from now. I am happy to say that we now have a program in place that will give these people the help they need. »
County officials selected Dr. Kelly Dardeen of Suncrest Psychological Services as the provider.
Her specialty is trauma-focused work with EMS, police and fire departments.