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Kitchener facility to specialize in helping those dealing with PTSD

Frontline Forward hopes to open in August
Paramedics suffer PTSD after crash that killed kids, grandfather: EMS
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It's being described as a "first of its kind" facility in North America to treat those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Frontline Forward hopes to have its' Kitchener location, at 47 Shirley Avenue, open by sometime in August.

It will have a 4,000 square foot gym, yoga/meditation studio, on site psychotherapy, as well as physiotherapy and massage therapy.  

Frontline Forward is backed by founder and president, Bryan Stevens, a former Ornge paramedic, who himself was diagnosed with PTSD back in 2014.

"I just felt that I had a continued need and passion to continue to give, give back...That's why I decided that not only now I wanted to do that, I wanted to that for my fellow brothers and sisters that were still working the frontlines." Stevens told KitchenerToday.

He says they want to create a safe and secure environment for frontline workers.

Frontline will also be hosting monthly seminars and workshops.

"...Bring in some pretty dynamic guest speakers to speak to, not only the first responders, but to also reach out to their families...and provide them some answers to the questions they may have." added Stevens.

PTSD is a mental illness that involves exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence.


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