Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Categories: Features
Retired RCMP officer Ken Barker with his former dog Axa. Photo courtesy Shari Barker.
"There needs to be a process in place where members are required to talk."Shari Barker says her husband did seek help, but not in his early days as an officer. She feels it should be mandatory for all first responders to talk about their experiences rather than leaving it to individuals to seek help.
"We hope to reduce the stigma amongst the rank and file... I think people need to buy in and hopefully this will help broaden the conversation."
She hopes speaking publicly will help other officers come forward so that they can stop "suffering in silence.""Ken's PTSD began the first time he attended a motor vehicle crash, the first time he attended a murder scene, the first time he had to tell a parent that their child was dead."