The Mental-Health Work Injury

The Mental-Health Work Injury – updated July 27, 2022

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

So, what is the The Mental-Health Work Injury? While you may not think so, PTSD is treated as an injury. Why? because that’s exactly what it is.

As I rise this morning and prep my morning coffee, I began to hear sirens off in the distance, lots of them. They are fire trucks. After my fifteen years in the fire service, they are unmistakable to this veteran’s ears. It rattles me. After all, it is where The Mental-Health Work Injury, PTSD, came from.

At one time, hearing them responding to chaos would produce a flow of adrenaline and kick my passion for helping others into high gear. Now, they are replaced with fear, angst and a numbing dread. All produced by PTSD. Often times, it sends me into a mental-health crisis and holds me captive for the remainder of the day. For coping strategies for PTSD go here:

PTSD ASSOCIATION OF CANADA 

The sound of sirens cutting through the silence of the early morning air evoke in me such a range of emotions. Not only does it produce feelings of body-numbing, anxiety, racing thoughts and fear, but it also makes me very angry, sad and lost. Perhaps the hardest feeling of all is the feeling of abandonment by those whom I believed to be my brothers and sisters of the service. The sound of sirens is an instant reminder of the sacrifices I made, the time lost with family, and the mental work-related injury. 

” We must fight for our wellness.”

Moreover, they are an instant, PTSD-triggering reminder that I have essentially been left behind. So, I am angry on two fronts. Firstly, this intense feeling of being forgotten – and I am pissed because I love the fire service; it’s in my blood and will always be woven into the fabric of my being. Having this anger in my heart kills me because I knew that when those bay doors closed behind me for the last time, I knew that it was indeed the end. I am now a mere shadow of my former self and a distant memory by those I battled the beast with.

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Find out more below – Written for therapeutic release, published in hopes it helps you.

The mental-health work injury called PTSD has destroyed millions and disrupted the lives of those who have been touched by its symptoms. Yet, like all forms of mental illness, it goes unrecognized as a legitimate work-related injury.

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I ask you, how is it different from any other injury? Its constant pain has, in my case, injured me to the degree that I am not able to work, and is managed by health care professionals. In addition, it also requires accommodation, symptom management.

Furthermore, it requires one to learn how to adapt their life to move on a passion they once were able to do with ease. Now replace mental illness with any physical injury – broken back, head injury etc. Now apply the requirements above to these physical injuries; symptom management, constant pain…. Again, I ask you, how are they different from any other injury? THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. Wondering if you

“I feel like a discarded garden, left to wither and die”.

Please note that if you think you may have PTSD, please contact your health care provider and talk to them. I highly recommend you request a referral to your mental health services.

There are also resources out there to help, organizations like Sick Not Weak, a non-profit dedicated to supporting persons with mental illness.

Author Jonathan Arenburg bravely tells his story of his life-long struggles with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Since childhood, Jonathan has found a way to not just survive, but to overcome…Join him as he tells his story, hoping to help you on your own Road To Mental Wellness Get a sneak peak of the book here Sneak Peek -The Road To Mental Wellness
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

3 thoughts on “The Mental-Health Work Injury

  1. John I'm very grateful for your service you gave but am sorry you carry the burden of your work. I hope you may have light airy days ahead. Thank you for your outreach you are doing a wonderful service to others. I'll sign anonomous as can't remember Google stuff but I'm Alicia's crochet friend Margaret.

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