Paramedic Darren Taylor, who died Monday on the TCH, suffered from PTSD
Taylor revealed his struggles in a January post on Facebook
The 39-year-old man who died Monday following a single-vehicle crash on the Trans-Canada at Brigus Junction was an experienced paramedic with Eastern Health who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Darren Taylor, 39, revealed his struggles with PTSD during a very personal posting on Facebook in late January, during Bell's Let's Talk Day, which aims to end the stigma associated with mental health problems.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the EH paramedic who tragically lost his life this morning.—@PANL_EMSNL
"As a paramedic for almost 20 years I seem to have the shitty end of the proverbial stick from numerous calls that have come from the some of the most publicized horrific accidents, suicides, and homicides and calls as a paramedic," he wrote in a post.
"I dare not say the nature of the call[s] due to disturbing details that the public should never know or see or hear of."
Sending ❤️ to our paramedic friends today. <a href="https://t.co/oaUL8j5lrJ">pic.twitter.com/oaUL8j5lrJ</a>—@RNC_PoliceNL
He went on to say his personal journey with PTSD has been "an uphill battle" but that things were turning around thanks to the support of his friends and family.
Taylor tagged 96 people in his status update, some of whom were his paramedicine colleagues.
"Let's end the cowardly stigma on PTSD and mental health and educate people of what it really is and how we can all end this fight together!!!" he wrote.
Diving was therapy for Taylor
Taylor also wrote about his passion for diving, and how it gave him relief.
"Down under my fears can't get to me," he wrote his dives. "It's peaceful and quiet with the only sound being my breath."
He ended the more than 200-word post with this: "My name is Darren Taylor and I have PTSD."
The RCMP say the accident happened around 1 a.m. on Monday and that Taylor was wearing his seatbelt.
It's not known why he was driving west at such an early hour, but police have stated that speed was a "major factor" in the crash.
A funeral service for Taylor is scheduled for Thursday.