ISPP 2015

Career Opportunities in Pharmacy
It’s time to talk about Mental Health – Peter Bellion


When you graduate out of the academy you’ve got the uniform on you know, you got all your equipment you know you’re feeling 10 foot tall and bulletproof that you can achieve anything Three weeks out of the academy 9:30 in the morning. There was a call a offenders on caught a glimpse of somebody disappearing out the back of the house and about to jump, you know over the fence and standing other side was a young guy with a shotgun pointing at me. Around about two years ago my son bought a car and I was taking him down Warrigul Road near farm road I started getting the shakes and he’s gone dad are you alright and I said I’ll it’s just had a flashback to when I had a first shotgun pulled on me Those were instances that happened back in 1987. It’s basically the emotions of those events that have been sitting in your body all those years all of a sudden just start coming out. Post-traumatic stress disorder it has been a hell of a thing. It’s a daily fight. I went through a hell of a lot. I had a pretty high level of resilience and for the first 20 years didn’t even know anything about it didn’t think everything about the last 10 years was very very hard. First gone into the Accident Investigation section in 1990 and so everything’s go go go go go. When the police are called to a road crash, you know, you’ve got to got to work out what’s happened. You’ve also then got to rehabilitate that scene. You know, you’re just seeing firsthand people dying in your arms. There was a lot, you know it was 2,000 road fatalities all up. There was are… 20 police officers deaths Had the back window of the car taken out at 11:30 at night in the driveway here one night part way through giving evidence in the trial. The end of the day you just just – just a human being just a number. PTSD it’s like riding a massive wave the top of the wave is where you’re getting that anxiety or hyper-vigilant Hyperactive response from when the job is going off and then you get to when the post job phase when you were tired and emotional and worn out and over time that becomes a depressive stage. So it involves problems with sleep It can involve problems with getting angry it can involve having difficulties with concentration and attention. Do get some people you know when you start talking about PTSD and what it is that don’t necessary believe it. There is that stigma? They’re not with you overnight when you’re getting the shakes. Untreated PTSD is a killer People got to put their hand up say I need help it can be a real struggle on on some days, but you know if you get through that day the next day’s normally normally okay. You just got a ride humps in the bumps Okay, I’ve got through I’ve had treatment I manage it daily But I’m a survivor

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