Prince William reveals emotional toll of air ambulance rescues

The benefits of CISM to those in the front line

In an article posted on bbc.co.uk/news on Sunday 5th December 2021, Prince William speaks out about secondary trauma when reflecting on his own experiences during his time at the Air Ambulance.

The Duke of Cambridge has revealed the impact that dealing with life and death moments had on him while he was an air ambulance pilot.

Prince William served as a pilot in the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) from 2015 to 2017.

Speaking on Apple’s Time to Walk podcast, he said he was “taking home people’s trauma, people’s sadness”.

Dr Jeffrey Mitchell, a former firefighter/paramedic, developed a comprehensive, integrated, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention program for staff support. Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) has many crisis procedures that address individual and group needs at every phase of a crisis, particularly for First Responders.

The benefits of CISM to those in the front line affected by secondary trauma is a necessity for all first responders to hear.

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