"First responders are like anyone else and are equally susceptible to mental injuries. We don't get PTSD from attending east and fuzzy calls; it's the tough, inhuman, tragic alls that leave the residue of mental injury. This certainly doesn't make us weak and it doesn't mean we can't do our jobs.
A full bucket of water might spill a bit, but its still functioning as a bucket. The problem is that a full bucket gets heavier the longer you carry it...until you drop it. I think the trick it to empty, or at least get rid of, some of that water - and it takes help to do that. Luckily for most of us help is there, we just need to ask for it".
The Wounded Healers silver round series is intended to help create awareness and continued conversation about the challenges that first responders and medical professionals face. PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and mental stess injuries affect many first responders. Many suffer in silence and some unfortunately, turn to suicide. Our hope is that this piece will serve as a reminder that you are not alone and encourage you to go with the power of healing. A portion of every round sold will be donated to Wounded Warriors Canada, whose mission is to “honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.”
Pheli Mint is a private mint from Canada, founded by two friends, Phil and Eli, who share a passion for collectible silver rounds.
They are nurses who have worked in a variety of settings, including critical care and with high-risk populations. Phil is also an army reservist and spent over 10 years with his local volunteer fire department.
Both have firsthand experience of the challenges first responders and medical professionals face. They wanted to create a silver round series to pay tribute and raise awareness about PTSD and its effects.
Daniel Sundahl (DanSun) is a published artist and writer and has two art books produced of his work. His work has been featured in Canadian Paramedicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine (JEMS), Fire Rescue Magazine, EMS One, EMS World Magazine and The Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing. His art is recognized worldwide, and he travels internationally speaking on his art and personal experiences with mental stress injuries. He is a pre- hospital educator, a professional public speaker, photographer and photo editor.
Daniel was born in 1967 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has lived in Egypt, Mexico, Indonesia, the Caribbean and Japan. Daniel now works as a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Leduc. The majority of his artwork is based on actual emergency calls he has attended.
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