Lecture Series

Lifelong Learning Lectures are presentations on topics of general interest, such as public policy, philosophy, religion, history, science, culture, the arts, and literature. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no fee but donations are gratefully accepted. Suggested donation: $5.

(In the event of inclement weather, call the Mahone Bay Centre 902 624 0890 after 11:00am on the day of the talk to find out about postponement or cancellation.)

Mental Health and First Responders
Will Brooks
March 22, Wednesday, 2:00pm

Will speaks on firefighters and other responders dealing with stress, depression and the trauma effect which can be incapacitating. He will discuss pre-event ways of preparing for stress and trauma as well as post-event methods for handling these mental health issues. Despite our rural roots, it is fair to say that many of our own emergency helpers experience difficult scenes and would like us as Citizens to know that and how they might help after a truly significant event.
Dr. Will Brooks has retired from more careers than most people ever become involved in, particularly in the fields of clinical psychology and post-trauma where he’s been an academic, a researcher, a debriefer (the Westray Mine accident, the sinking of the Cape Aspy and a mine collapse in Kentucky), a supervisor for candidate psychologists, and the chairperson for several psychological association committees (Ethics, and Post-Trauma Services).
Dr. Brooks also served as the Lead Consultant to Canadian Forces in developing the Member Assistance Program 1998-2000 and served as the Developer and Clinical Director of the Nova Scotia Firefighters Critical Incident Stress Management Program.
Dr. Brooks is a retired firefighter who when living in Ottawa was Founder and first President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He’s written about firefighters and Critical Incident Stress and has presented his findings to fire service organizations, as well as private and public sector organizations, across Canada and internationally. He now makes his home in Lunenburg with his wife, Cheryl (a retired Canadian Air Force Colonel) who owns the Lunenburg Community Consignment Store. Will and Cheryl have four adult children and five grandchildren that keep them busy in their “golden years.” Incidentally, Will is Chief of the Lorne Street Fire Co. of Lunenburg, a private Museum and home for two antique, but operating, fire engines.