Susan Farren is the founder and executive director of First Responders Resiliency, Inc. (FRRI), and she wants you to know one thing, “Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is not a disorder. Schizophrenia is a disorder. It’s a lifelong issue for which you have to take medication. PTS is a compilation of symptoms of exposure to trauma and stress, and you can recover from those symptoms,” she says emphatically. FRRI’s goal is Putting PTSD Out of BusinessTM.
The First Responders Resiliency team, from left, Ron Shull, Devyn Brelin and Shell Brandt meet in their new Santa Rosa office on Thursday, January 21, 2021. The company has a contract with Cal Fire to train thousands of state firefighters in methods to deal with the inevitable stress of fire season. Photo taken (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)