The message of We Are STIGMA is simple: OSI’s are a normal and anticipated part of life in professions that are traumatic and anything but normal. Trauma, left unaddressed, can accumulate and transform into an OSI such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This can be life altering but doesn’t need to be life or career ending. With effective and timely intervention for Emergency Responders exposed to the traumatic events that can lead to OSI’s, it may be possible to prevent these mental injuries from morphing into more significant mental illnesses. Ultimately, with proper care and treatment, those suffering with these injuries can continue to serve the public and advance in their chosen essential service professions.