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Lives in:
Ontario Canada
Firefighter/Fire Instructor
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
"old boys club"
Old school mentality
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire Instructor 1
Emergency Medical Responder
Bachelor of Arts, Honors Psychology/Philosophy
Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology
Topics you provide training for:
Mental Wellness
Areas of expertise:
Mental Wellness
After 10 years in the fire service, with the last 6 years spent as Fire Instructor for both municipal and industrial Fire departments. Nick went on to get his Bachelor's degree and eventually his Master's degree in Counselling Psychology. Nick simultaneously started, After The Call - mental wellness resources for first responders and their families found at All site based material is free, and Nick's philosophy is that all mental wellness needs of First Responder's should be publicly funded. Nick offers consulting, presentations and is an expert for podcasts, panelist, radio, and TV with regard to Mental Wellness of first responders.
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Nick Halmasy's Blog

Challenging the Paradigm

We have spent so much time talking about mental wellness issues with First Responders. Politicians, activists, writers, therapists and anyone else with a stake in this conversation has leapt up and screamed that we need support for PTSD.  

 And, we do.

But, there is a dilemma. We are focused on the wrong area to invoke real, long lasting change. With our unfortunate, myopic viewpoint, we are tackling a problem at its most difficult state. By the time ‘PTSD’ is on the table for…


Posted on December 28, 2017 at 2:51pm

The Subtle Art of Talking

Chit-chat; shoot the breeze; gab; flap; chew the fat; gossip; blab. You think you know how to talk. Besides, you do it all day. On the radio, to colleagues, to the media, to your kids, and your spouse/partners. Sure, you talk. But, are you really saying anything?

Martin Heidegger coined the conversing that you and I engage in regularly as “idle talk”. That is, speech which brings about little change or benefit. Talking idly is what we do best. We make small talk about the weather…


Posted on December 6, 2017 at 10:33am

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