Constable Pat Swan - His Personal Journey to Wellness

John Wallschlaeger - Wisconsin USA
almost 3 years agoJanuary 6, 2017
Thank you Constable Swan for sharing your story. It will save lives.  Thank you also to the Waterloo Regional Police Department for supporting Pat at such a difficult and critical time in his life and his career.  You are changing and saving lives.
Bruce C. Kruger, D/Insp. OPP (ret)
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
08:45:13
As an officer adversely affected by PTSD, I fully understand the depths of hell that Constable Swan has endured.  Not only was he able to regain his health but he has been given renewed life.  This officer has proven to not only be strong in character, but brave enough to share his story for the benefit of all.  

Additionally, I commend Chief Larkin for providing the leadership and guidance to his management team thus allowing them to address the mental needs of his police personnel suffering from Operational Stress Injuries without fear of reprisal.  Stigma diminishes and mental health returns to our first responders by such actions and compassion outlined within this video! Congratulations to the Waterloo Regional Police Service!
Todd Loveday, Sgt. WRPS (ret)
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Thank you for your story Pat. Your journey has not been easy and so many people are so quick to judge you. I'm glad you are on a journey of recovery. Stay on course and I wish you all the best.
Lorraine Brohman,S/Cst, WRPS
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Pat, I'm so proud of you coming forward to tell your story. There are still many people who doubt the power of PTSD. Hopefully your story will rid them of their doubts. It's real and needs to be addressed. I'm just happy that you're here to tell your story. Keep it strong Pat.
Elaine Nish WRPS
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Cst Swan, 
As if the bravery required in your career wasn't enough, you extended this courage to your personal life which is incredible and inspiring.  You will save lives because of this.  Your life has so much worth and I am so glad you are here to share your story.   Thank you!
Matt Kachik Orangeville PS
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Pat its inspirational to see your courage to come forward and talk about issues that have been haunting you for so long. I'm glad you got the help you needed and were able to work towards feeling better. Keep up the fight one day at a time. I hope those that need help will find it in themselves to come forward and get better.
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
God bless you Pat
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Pat, I know you've been wanting to share you story for a while now. I'm glad that you finally got the platform to share it, to give hope to those who may be in the same situation you were all those years ago. We know the stigma is still there, but stories like yours, R2MR training and the fact that WRPS is moving forward on wellness, gives hope that things are changing for the better!
Constable Michael Sullivan WRPS
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Thanks old partner for sharing your experience.  I do wish that I had recognized some of the signs that you were crying for help.  I am so thankful that you have found your way through your demons.
Amy Yeowell
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Thank you for being so courageous Swany.  You are a true hero!
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Thank you for sharing your story. It took a lot of courage to do so. So glad you were able to get the right help to get your life back.
Cheryl Moniz
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Your humility and bravery in taking this step to share your humanity is an example of your courage and determination.  I honour your example and thank you for sharing.  You have earned the support, love and appreciation that we all extend your way.  I wish you laughter every day!!
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
So proud of you, Pat, for your unflinching courage and honesty. People like you, doing things like this, are the true catalysts for change and destimatization. You deserve the sincere acknowledgement and thanks that you're receiving from the Chief, the organization, brother & sister officers on WRPS and everywhere. As always, take care of yourself and to the broader police community
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
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Mike Simons
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
08:45:08
Well done Pat,

I am very proud of your courage to be able to tell the story that has brought you here today. You are an advocate for everyone who suffers from any type of mental illness. Your message is loud and clear !
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017

Rich Holland
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Thanks for sharing your message Pat.
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Pat, thank you for sharing your journey.
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Thank you for sharing your helping more people then you know
Darlene St. John
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Pat, what a message of survival and bravery.  I was only on for 14 years but still have vivid memories of some calls.  You have offered hope to many and should be commended for it.
Brenda Keffer
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Good for you Pat.  Very proud of you!  Thank you for sharing.
Marie Bridel
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Pat, you are now officially the bravest, strongest person I know.  The stigma of "weakness" that surrounds mental illness is the furthest thing from the truth, ever.  The opposite...Strength...is the actual hallmark of it...because to live with and battle those demons on a daily basis for so long...and come out the other side as you have...THAT takes true strength.  Bless you for sharing your story and showing there is light at the end of that dark tunnel.
Alec Saunders
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Well done Swany.  You are an inspiration, and I'm proud to be your friend.
Jen Sharpe
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Pat, I've had the honour of seeing you everyday for the last year or so since you've been at HQ and I can tell you that I feel blessed for knowing you.  I admire you so much more than I can even tell you for coming forward and sharing your story so that others can learn that there is help out there.  I'm proud to work for an organization that supports its members like WRPS does and I'm proud to work with you!  I hope you know just how much you're appreciated!!
Maggie Murphy
almost 3 years agoJanuary 25, 2017
Pat, it touched my heart to hear your personal story. How very brave. You have opened a door for so many more in your profession.  Chief Larkin, I am very glad to see that you and WRPS are so supportive.
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
You are an amazing courageous leader, coworker, dad and just a great man.
Ralph Phelan
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
Thanks Pat you are a role model for our service. well done.
Mark Neill
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
Pat, I didn't know your story, and it was hard to hear. I am glad you were able to pull through all of the hard times. We need to realise what our colleagues are going through, and support them. It is courageous of you to speak out.
Steve Girhiny
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
I'm proud of you for sharing your story Swanny.  You're a champion, and a survivor.  Keep sharing.  Keep talking.  Keep keeping.
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
Thankyou Pat
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
Cst. Swan, your courage in speaking out about your experience is SO appreciated! It is a struggle many go through, suffering silently and alone. By telling your story, you have shown that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but one of courage and that needs to be acknowledged. Ensuring that employees know that requests for help will be well received with appropriate resources available should be the responsibility of all agencies, especially those where high levels of stress is an occupational hazard. Thank you for your courage. You'll never know how many lives you've saved by sharing your story.
D/Sgt Chris Lawson Halton Police
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
Awesome job Pat. You should be proud.
Ron Nichols
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
Incredibly proud to serve along side you Pat. This is the first I have learned of your journey and I just want to say thank you. Thank you for having the courage to share your story and for caring enough about your fellow officers to let them know they are not alone. Your courage and your story is truly inspiring!
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
I'm so grateful your story is out there, thank you for sharing.
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 26, 2017
thank you for having the courage to share your story.I wish you well on your continued road to wellness.I hope that those struggling with these issues hear your story and reach out to someone for help. Thank you
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 27, 2017
Speaking out Pat has made us all come to realize that we are human after all. You have given all of us a chance to feel a little less regretful of who we really are as "human beings". You have open doors for the rest of us to walk a little easier into. It is a "gift" of hope, from you to all of us. Stand tall, be proud that you shared your story. It is no longer a struggle in standing alone. And if you get there again, you must rise above and fight it again, because you are our "super hero" now and everyone needs a super hero. So glad you are here with us, because it is people like you that make us all reach into our very own soul to see who we really are. God Bless you in every way.
Sgt. Jim Culham (Retired) WRPS
almost 3 years agoJanuary 28, 2017
I'm proud of you Swany for having the guts to step up and speak out so that others in the future will get the help they need.
Wayne Dufour
almost 3 years agoJanuary 29, 2017
I commend you for staying in the fight, and speaking for those suffering in silence;
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 29, 2017
Thank you for talking about it most people who never went thoug hard times and tagety can anderstand .
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoJanuary 29, 2017

Rhona Walsh.RPN
almost 3 years agoJanuary 30, 2017
00:00:00
HI Pat 

I shared this moving video with a few colleagues a work this morning. WE will be showing it at our staff and team meeting as a reminder what mental illness is, and the struggle that people continually endure.
A Mc
almost 3 years agoFebruary 13, 2017
08:45:13
Thank you for sharing. A very difficult decision, I'm sure. A lot of what you said is too familiar. The long list of experiences ( perceived failure, in my case), an absolute end to the pain, which just adds to the list of failures when you wake up in a hospital, and quietly, the biggest lie told, "I'M fine".  Kudos, stay on target.
Dan Beacock
almost 3 years agoFebruary 16, 2017
Pat, I cannot say how proud I am to know you. There is no doubt in my mind that you being brave enough to tell your story will help many people. All the best my friend, you are a hero.
Lara.C
over 2 years agoFebruary 18, 2017
What an incredibly brave and important video. I have a father that has suffered his whole life with mental health issues and so I have witnessed the tremendous pain that he has gone through. I think his video would be important for high school boys to watch. I say this because several of my son's friends don't have a father figure, a good male role model, or even friends they can REALLY talk to. I drove home through downtown Kitchener one night and on every street corner was a lost man. Men of varying ages carrying belongings in backpacks, riding bikes with child carriers full of stuff and shopping carts. It seemed a little surreal at the time but perhaps if these men had good role models or good mental health support they wouldn't be there. I think with video's like this there will be hope for my sons generation. 
Pleasure meeting you Pat, and thank you for your encouraging words.
Judy F.
over 2 years agoMarch 27, 2017
Constable Pat, father, brother, son.....you have given yourself to your community, you served us. In that journey, you scarified your own well being. For that, we thank you and as a community we shall support you, hold you up, and be your hero. What you have shared took such courage and strength, more than an officers duty. Thank you for coming forward, thank you for taking your badge and saving lives from an entirely different perspective. You have brought tears of joy with this video, because I know, you just saved lives. A proud citizen of our community to have you as our officer!!
Duane Gingerich
over 2 years agoApril 4, 2017
08:45:22
Swany, I was truly touched listening to your story. Sharing something of yourself and becoming vulnerable in order to help others has and will continue to bring exponential results. You have inspired all of us and will continue to do so. I am proud just to know you. Thanks and God bless you on your journey!
H.Smith
over 2 years agoApril 24, 2017
Pat, thank you for having the courage to share your story.  You are a hero for doing this.  Your courage will give others the strength they need and the voice they might not have at this moment.   You should be so proud of yourself. Thank you.
Natalie Hiltz
about 2 years agoOctober 15, 2017
My upmost admiration and respect go out to officer Swan, Chief Larkin and the WRPS for taking bold action in not only sharing Pat's important personal story  sparking empathy, understanding and awareness but also in corporately supporting and championing this longstanding issue and exemplifying the kind of leadership this issue needs. Remembering OPP Sgt. Doug Marshall today.
Lee of Philipsburg
8 months agoMarch 11, 2019
Keep on Keepin' on, my friend
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