Recent events have caused the entire nation to attempt to make sense of the losses sustained in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico; and now, in a different way, Las Vegas. Despite these disasters taking place over a thousand miles away from Vermont, our community struggles with the cumulative trauma from tragedies that are difficult to make sense of.
Sargent Rich LaBard has been a police officer for over 16 years but an incident in 2004 when responding to an emergency call at a home where there had been a shooting, left him struggling to live his life for over eight years. Suffering from PTSD, he enrolled in the Uniformed Service Program to start his journey toward recovery. Hear his story captured in this video.
Depression. Anxiety. PTSD. Bi-polar disorder. Alcohol and other drug problems. If left untreated, psychiatric and addiction challenges like these can damage careers, hurt relationships, and even destroy lives. That’s why the skilled caregivers at the Brattleboro Retreat are dedicated to helping children, adolescents, and adults who face mental illness or addiction find the hope and healing they deserve.
Brattleboro Retreat's Gay Maxwell sits down with Susan Balaban, Ph.D, former Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Manager of the Uniformed Service Program at the Brattleboro Retreat to discuss her work with First Responders and Military Personnel as the struggle with the lasting effects of their work in high stress environments.