Topics: Couples, Family, Mental Health
Anxiety can be experienced by PSP families for many reasons due to dangers which are part of the job. There is often the fear of injury or death associated with these dangers. Media reports of serious incidents and fatalities can increase feelings of anxiety for both adults and children. PSP are at higher risk of both psychological and physical injuries than the general public. This increased risk of injury and the harmful effects of events and situations create stress for both PSP and their families. This anxiety, stress, and tension can spill over into family life due to uncertainty about the PSP’s safety on the job. Physical injuries can have short- and long-term impacts on families. Families also worry about exposure to trauma which can affect mental health and family relationships. Worry is natural and unavoidable for most families. Families can support the wellbeing of family members by being aware of the effects and managing them in healthy ways.
What “fuels” worry and fear?
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While many situations can “fuel” worry, everyone is unique. We all experience worry differently. PSP families have identified key factors that can shape anxiety.
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