My name is Mark Long and I have been a Canadian Police Officer since March 2002 when I engaged with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and then the Halifax Regional Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I was officially diagnosed with PTS in January of 2016 but had been suffering from its affects years before my diagnosis. My journey has not been an easy one which is all too often the case for many who live with PTS.

I created this site and this blog to share my experiences of being a first responder and living every day with Post Traumatic Stress. I also wanted to use this site so others could share their stories and resources with me. One of the most valuable gifts I have been given in this story of my life is having others share their own stories with me and allowing me to see that what I am feeling and experiencing is real and that I no longer need to suffer alone, isolating from the world with the belief no one else understands or cares.

I want you to remember that you too are not alone and my hope is this site will be just another building block in helping you with your own journey.



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Recent Blog Posts

The Lion King and Christian The Lion

I remember that first time my little girl had me watch "The Lion King" movie with her. It was around the age of 2 years old and I recall coming home from work and she was so excited to watch this movie with me that her mother had told her about. I think I had watched...

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"Gonna Bust You Up"

This is a journal entry I made when I was in day #6 of my Post Traumatic Stress Recovery Program at Home Health in Guelph, Ontario. Today I learned about "mindfulness", and how to be mindful when I'm in a situation that is stressing me out or "triggering" me. I have...

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"That’s My Secret Captain, I’m Always Angry"

One thing I have always found amazing about those people I have encountered in my life who are mad and pissed off all the time is how the hell do they stay so consistent? Think about it, to wake up every single day and make the decision, "I'm pissed off and angry as...

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