Tattoos and Trauma: The Healing Power of Tattoos for Emergency Responders

Tattoos and Trauma: The Healing Power of Tattoos for Emergency Responders

by Dr. David Griffin

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As I travel in a metal cylinder going about 500 miles per hour, living in hotels, eating strange foods, and meeting hundreds of thousands of emergency responders, I’ve noticed something. Tattoos are increasing on us; including me. I’ve also noticed something else. Many people have little knowledge of the historic correlation between tattoos and mental health. But not just mental health, the many different reasons people have been getting tattoos for thousands of years.
Considering this, Tattoos and Trauma is a book to help educate others about how tattoos can assist emergency responders in healing from traumatic incidents, traumatic careers, or traumatic life experiences. To do this, numerous examples from military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical service personnel are presented in an easy to read and enjoyable format. No technical jargon here. Real talk for us, emergency responders.
I wanted to go deeper though. So, to provide even more information, 148 current or former emergency responders expressed their perception on tattoos related to trauma via a 10-question survey. Over 87% of the 148 participants had the opinion that tattoos help individuals heal after traumatic incidents, traumatic careers, or traumatic life experiences. But that’s just the beginning. Wait until you read their actual words, feel their passion, learn of their heartbreak, embrace their thoughts, shed tears with them, and most importantly, learn from people who were brave enough to express their feelings to help others.
Remember, judging is easy. Understanding is harder. See you on the inside…if you’re brave enough to think differently.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156045112
Publisher: Dr. David Griffin
Publication date: 04/08/2019
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. David Griffin is a Battalion Chief and Deputy Director of Training in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the operator of the first due engine on June 18, 2007 when nine of his fellow firefighters perished in the line of duty. He has a Bachelor of Science in education from The Citadel, a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development. He is the author of the Best Seller, In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy, ACTION: 9 Missions for Personal and Professional Growth, and From PTSD to PTG: A Firefighter’s (My) Journey After A Multiple LODD Incident, and Tattoos and Trauma: The Healing Power of Tattoos for Emergency Responders. David is also an international speaker and instructor, a certified Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with The Center for Public Safety Excellence, a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at The National Fire Academy, and owner of On A Mission, LLC at

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