SE01 E12 Steve Farina
Men, Meat & Mental Health: How to Face Your Trauma
In this episode, Vice President of the BC Firefighters Association and member of the BC First Responder Mental Health Steering Committee, Steve Farina, chats with Dr. Joti Samra about the impact of years of exposure to traumatic events. He explains the necessity of acknowledging and dealing with your trauma and the healing power of peer support, nature, social support, and self-care. He also touches on the challenges of navigating a plant-based lifestyle in a male-dominated field where eating meat means masculinity.
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Steve began his career as an on-call firefighter with the Township of Langley Fire Department in 1992 and five years later, joined the Coquitlam Fire Rescue full-time. He was elected to the executive board of IAFF Local 1782 (Coquitlam) in 2005 and was promoted to Captain in 2015. In addition, Steve is a VP on the BC Professional Fire Fighter Association (BCPFFA) which represents over 4,000 professional firefighters across BC. He chairs both the BCPFFA’s Health and Safety Committee and their Mental Health Task Force.
He is a member of Coquitlam Fire Rescue’s Critical Incident Stress Team and has taken the lead in defusing a multitude of critical incidents. He also serves as a Peer Supporter for his co-workers and has organized and hosted several mental health awareness nights for firefighter spouses and partners.
Steve represents the BCPFFA on the BC’s First Responder Mental Health Steering Committee, chaired by WorkSafeBC.