Moral Injury

Moral injury often occurs after acting or witnessing behaviours that go against one’s moral beliefs. In stressful circumstances, individuals may find they “perpetrate, fail to prevent, or witness events that contradict deeply held moral beliefs and expectations” (National Centre for PTSD). First responders are at an increased risk for experiencing moral injury given the high exposure to distressing events. Individuals may experience feeling betrayed by leadership, or those in positions of power, and can experience disruptions in the psychological, social, physical, or spiritual realms of their life.

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