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‘Any of us can suffer': Working through post-traumatic stress

Our cohosts tackle the difficult topic of trauma and healthy ways emergency responders can cope with the sometimes overwhelming feelings

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Host Kelly Grayson gets vulnerable on the podcast, as he shares his experiences with PTSD, resiliency and how best to deal with hidden emotions.

Asked to be a guest author in a recent anthology on coping with traumatic stress, Kelly’s contributed chapter in “But Not Broken” focused on a particular call that caused him to struggle for years and how he worked through it.

Our co-hosts also explore how the act of writiung or journaling can have therapeutic benefits for first responders who are grappling with traumatic stress, as Kelly shares his tips for dealing with feelings through the written word.

“Any of us can suffer from PTSD ... and as the saying goes, it’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what’s happened to you,” Kelly says.