The Code 9 Foundation- Supporting first responders with PTSD

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What is Code 9?

There are very few charities supporting the emergency services and most just support a single service in a specific way.  Often assisting victims, surviving relatives or commemorating the dead.  Code 9’s goal is to help first responders and their families that are suffering here and now and to show them that, even though they often feel it, they are never alone.

PTSD doesn’t just affect one service.  A Civilians cry for help begins with the 000 telephone call to ESTA, then through to the radio dispatch out to the police, fire and ambulance members working as a team to combat a critical incident.  The nature of a first responder from the police, fire, ambulance or ESTA services is so similar that the camaraderie between the services is very strong and exclusive.

Code 9 brings together those team members again, to support each other, this time in their own fight, just as they did on the street.   Code 9 also incorporates the chance for the Partners & Carers of members to get involved and get their own support.

Code 9 proves to the current & veteran first responder and their families that “you are never alone.”

What is PTSD

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.

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Who is Mark Thomas? 

It became clear after his own diagnosis of PTSD that support for first responders suffering with PTSD and their families was difficult to find.  Mark Thomas, the founder of Code 9, truly felt that he was on his own in his fight and wanted to build a safe space to show others that they are never alone.

He created Code 9 to provide professional emergency service workers with a community of people that understand exactly what they are going through as all of the other members have found themselves on a similar path.

What began as a small private Facebook group has now grown into a recognised and registered charity that provides emotional and financial support to members and their families suffering from PTSD.

Plezzel proudly sponsors Code 9 

To find out more about Code 9, please visit the website today. 

https://www.code9ptsd.org.au/

Follow them on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/code9ptsd/

 

By – COO/CFO
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