Chatter: April

Readers weigh in on stories in print and online.

“The Things They Carry,” February

I’m responding to Casey Nilsson’s brilliant article pertaining to firefighters and PTSD. It’s about time attention was brought to this very real problem. My heart was breaking while reading the article because as a retired firefighter/EMT, I can identify with their struggles. I was on the department for twenty-three years and am well aware of the effects not only because of the many different and difficult scenarios, but also because I was a woman in a male-oriented field. We’ve lived these incidents and they stay with us forever.
Patricia Bixby
Wrentham, Mass.

As the daughter, sister and aunt to firefighters and police officers, I implore you to share this edition with every police and fire department in our state. I have seen first-hand the effects some of these traumas have on these dedicated public servants. We need to let them know there is help out there for them. We need to remove the stigma associated with PTSD. As one of those interviewed said, it isn’t a disorder. It’s an injury. I will be sharing with my family.
Kristin Sullivan

[This] was one of the best articles I have read in Rhode Island Monthly and perhaps in any magazine. I am a nurse and have first responders in my family. This article is very articulate, truthful and thought provoking. There is still not parity between mental health and medical health.
I hope this opens many minds.
Joni R