From Crisis to Control: Mitch Hardington's Resilience Revolution
In this episode, Mitch Hardington from the Calgary Police Service shares his experience with PTSD and his journey to recovery. Mitch recounts a traumatic call where he found a man who had slit his throat, and the impact it had on his mental health. He emphasizes the importance of seeking help and therapy, including the use of EMDR therapy. Mitch also discusses the concept of post-traumatic growth and how he has found a new identity outside of being a police officer. He shares his reintegration strategy for returning to work and encourages others to live authentically and take control of their own lives.
Seeking help and therapy is crucial for dealing with PTSD and other mental health challenges.
EMDR therapy can be effective in processing traumatic experiences and reducing emotional attachment to the memory.
Post-traumatic growth is possible, and individuals can use their experiences as an opportunity for personal growth and self-improvement.
Reintegration into work should be done gradually and with a plan in place to ensure a successful transition.
Living authentically and finding an identity outside of work is important for overall well-being and resilience.
00:00 Introduction and Community Engagement
01:01 Mitch's Experience with PTSD
03:10 Starting Career in Law Enforcement
04:08 The Traumatic Call
08:17 Saving the Man's Life
10:31 Impact on Mental Health
12:03 Seeking Help and Therapy
13:58 EMDR Therapy
21:50 Post-Traumatic Growth
25:56 Reintegration into Work
30:56 Living Authentically and Taking Control
34:19 Final Words and Gratitude