For individuals in high-stakes, time-critical professions, such as Canada’s frontline workers, army cadets, navy seals and more, the clock is always ticking and failure is never an option. The pressure is relentless. Whether we realize it or not, it follows us home. And it affects even the most resilient among us. Continuous exposure to physical danger and trauma can ravage the strongest mind and body, leading to chronic pain, fatigue, burnout, PTSD, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation.
In fact, according to the Canadian Psychological Association, it is estimated that 76% of Canadians report having experienced a traumatic event during their lifetime (this might include the unexpected death of a loved one, sexual assault, seeing someone badly injured or killed and more). From here, it is estimated that about 8% develop PTSD. Frontline workers and veterans are even more vulnerable. In fact, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, cases of PTSD are rising amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The study reported that “challenging COVID-19-related workplace conditions contributed significantly to nurses’ stress and anxiety”.
And that is just what is reported. Many are too proud to admit they are even suffering. This is why Field Trip Health established, Basecamp, a program committed to helping veterans and frontline workers.
Field Trip Health is Canada’s leader in the development and delivery of psychedelic drugs. Field Trip Health was founded in response to the urgent need to combat the spiralling mental and emotional health crisis facing Canada and the world, and the limited effectiveness of current antidepressants.
Back in February, we had the chance to chat with Field Trip Health’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Ronan Levy about this amazing platform and the future of psychedelic drugs as a solution for PTSD recovery. Check out this interview, below.