Ep. #46 Understanding PTSD, Trauma, and Resiliency with First Responders w/ Jon and Jen Perrin

Jon Perrin is a police officer living with PTSD, and together with his wife Jen, run a podcast and charity foundation dedicated to educating and supporting mental health programs and initiatives that have helped Jon and many others living with this terrible injury. 

In this episode, Jon, Jen, and I discuss their journey of living with PTSD. PTSD is a very complicated and troubling psychological/moral injury that affects many first responders. In sharing his story of how PTSD affects him and his life, Jon encourages others who may be in similar situations to have a better understanding of what’s going on, to know that there is help available, and that it is something that can be dealt with. While there are many difficulties, fears, and challenges that come with having PTSD, Jon and Jen are a true testament to the power and possibility of healing. 

Jon & Jen Perrin

Jon Perrin is a police officer living with PTSD, and together with his wife Jen, run a podcast and charity foundation dedicated to educating and supporting mental health programs and initiatives that have helped Jon and many others living with this terrible injury. 

“Twisted trauma is the life story of myself, Jon Perrin. My childhood traumas to being a police officer diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Come share some of my darkest moments and together learn how we can survive. Also join us every Saturday for the Saturday stir-up with Jon and Jen.” 

The Twisted Trauma Foundation is a non-profit organization started by Jennifer Perrin a Registered nurse and manager with over 20 years experience in the nursing field.  Jen is a wife to Jon Perrin a first responder who suffers with PTSD.  Twisted Trauma provides peer support to first responders, civilians, and their families who are living with a mental health illness or injury.  Twisted Trauma raises awareness and money for mental health programs and initiatives in our communities, as well as provides educational/motivational stories from individuals who are living through mental health illness or injury.   

Donations to support Twisted Trauma can be made to https://gofund.me/2aa30b13 

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Ep. #13: Paramedicine, ER stories, Critical Care, and Humanity w/ Katherine Hambleton

Katherine has a professional background in the fields of nursing and paramedicine and has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. In addition to holding her AEMCA, she holds a specialty in emergency nursing (ENCC) and a certificate in critical care. In this episode, Katherine and I have a great conversation on a variety of topics regarding, and relating to, the medical and paramedical field. We also hear about some of Katherine’s most interesting stories from the Emergency Room (ER), things getting stuck in places they shouldn’t be, surgery, the amazing structures and functionality of the human body. We go on to discuss dealing with critical care situations, medical advancements, death and dying, and the current situation with Covid and vaccination rollouts. Hope you enjoy listening! 

Katherine Hambleton (RN, AEMCA)

Katherine has a professional background in the fields of nursing and paramedicine and has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. In addition to holding her AEMCA, she holds a specialty in emergency nursing (ENCC) and a certificate in critical care.  Katherine has a diverse portfolio in healthcare having worked as an RN in the emergency department setting, as a clinical research nurse and as an ACLS/BLS Instructor. She also worked within the provincial air ambulance system as an ambulance communications officer, with the base hospital as lead QA and as an Education and Practice Facilitator, managing the education portfolio of the flight paramedics. Katherine currently works in a cardiac surgery intensive care unit.  

Katherine is a published author and she has been a dedicated advocate for first responder mental health for several years; coordinating the 2014 national ‘Heroes Are Human – PTSD Awareness Tour’, lobbying for ‘Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act’ and she was the National Coordinator for Wings of Change – Peer Support, managing the program for 3 years. Katherine continues to work toward breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with mental health challenges within the first responder communities.

Katherine successfully competed for the position of Provincial Chair for the newly established OPA Wellness Committee in March of 2020, and moved into an Interim position as Director of Membership Services in June 2020.

Katherine is dedicated to the advancement of the paramedic profession and continues to be a strong advocate for patient safety.

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