Robb Hartlen; Co-Host and Executive Producer
A Canadian Police Officer with a background in Media, Robb has witnessed the impact of PTSD for many years, and his spirit and commitment to ‘Protect and Serve’ has led him to want to do more beyond the uniform. Defying Our Demons was born from that commitment.
Woven into conversations with Joe over the years, they’d often discussed Joe’s battles, the challenges of others they know, or simply media articles of such topics, and felt there was a critical need for advanced awareness. A voice from coast-to-coast providing consistency in the messaging, and a welcoming, unified push to not only end the stigma – but to be as proactive in preparing his emergency services bretheren for the potentials in PTSD and Mental Health trauma as he would be in helping find them support after the fact.
‘On the Job’, or off, Robb works tirelessly in the protection of this great country, and likewise keeps a vigilant watch for the signs of PTSD in those around him every day. Trauma will always surround those in emergency services, but through the Defying Our Demons PTSD Tour, Robb looks toward a day when those responding to traumatic events, himself included, are better prepared for not only the situation, but for how we deal with it well after the sirens stop and our shifts end.
Robb welcomes you to contact him via email here at anytime with questions or comments on this docu-series tour, or on how you can help. He does, however, wish to remind everyone that this page is NOT monitored 24/7 and, should your life – or the life of someone you know be in danger, you should immediately dial ‘911’ for assistance.
Joe Trevors; Co-Host and Executive Producer
A past Fire Fighter and EMT, Joe has experienced more than his share of PTSD and Mental Health challenges throughout the years. From battling his own demons, to patients and calls for those experiencing a mental health illness or injury, and friends and colleagues unwillingly succumbing to the dark grips of PTSD.
Often jokingly referring to himself as ‘The Colgate of Mental Health’ (4 out of 5 Mental Health Professionals have agreed with a PTSD diagnosis – the 5th citing his outgoing, social nature as proof he’s ‘fine’), he works every day to promote awareness, learning, and advancement in the care and treatment of PTSD. Through both his own difficult experiences in finding adequate assistance and diagnosis, to horror stories of colleagues experiencing same, Joe feels there’s absolutely a better way to help people work through PTSD.
Remembering that PTSD spans the human race – from the civilian motorist witnessing a traumatic traffic fatality, to the abused child or spouse, to the victim of a home invasion, to the more obvious in our Emergency Services Personnel, Military Members, Corrections Officers, Emergency Hospital Staff, and more, his commitment is to provide consistent, far-reaching awareness, learning, and support to all who wish to defy their demons.
Joe welcomes you to contact him via email here at anytime with questions or comments on this docu-series tour, or on how you can help. He does, however, wish to remind everyone that this page is NOT monitored 24/7 and, should your life – or the life of someone you know be in danger, you should immediately dial ‘911’ for assistance.