Being a support vs. caregiver burnout

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

It can be rewarding to help a loved one heal, but you cannot help others if you do not do anything to help yourself! If someone you care for has an Occupational/Operational Stress Injury (OSI) like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and you are working as hard as you can to maintain that relationship, then we recommend you make some efforts for yourself. We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from. If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, then a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help. OSI-CAN has resources available for you as well as for the one suffering from an OSI. One of these resources is a Peer Support Group for Spouses and Adult Friends of those with an OSI.

Additionally, we have other resources listed on our webpage such as the following:

o PREVENTING BURNOUT

§ https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/preventing-burnout

o CAREGIVER STRESS AND BURNOUT

§ https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/caregiving-stress-and-burnout.htm

· EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

o TOOL BOX OF SUGGESTIONS

§ https://www.helpguide.org/emotional-intelligence-toolkit/index.htm

MARITAL OR RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIES

o https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4404628/

§ Effect of Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy for PTSD

§ PTSD FAMILY COACH http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/PTSDFamilyCoach.asp


Our mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the continuous well-being and recovery process of Veterans and Front Line Protectors across Canada.

We seek to empower and encourage them to strive for recovery through peer and professional support while creating greater public awareness.

We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from. If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, then a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help



The target demographic of OSI-CAN are but are not limited to: former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Frontline Protectors --- which include Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Wildland Firefighters, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, healthcare Workers, Social Workers, Animal Control Officers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Victim Services Personnel, Emergency Communications Specialist, Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Aboriginal Emergency Services personnel, Tow Truck drivers who clean up accident scenes and their spouses/partners. This demographic was chosen due to the commonality of experiences they share through the service they provide to the country and community. We have a special interest and support volunteer first responders as they are not eligible for programs such as Workers' Compensation.


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