A 31 year former police Staff Sergeant veteran and an over 25 year survivor of PTSD, Syd shares his very unique insight in:

  • The development of awareness, resilience and resistance for employees and their families to trauma within the workplace;
  • Helping coach management towards policy and procedure development to address trauma in the workplace; and
  • Building peer support teams.

He shares his experiences with a constructive view and as an opportunity to positively move forward.

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Books by Syd


How To Survive PTSD and Build Peer Support

This book provides insightful techniques to the development of awareness, resilience and resistance for employees and their families to trauma within the workplace. It also offers assistance for management towards the development of policy and procedure to address trauma in the workplace and finally offers techniques for building peer support teams.


56 Seconds

Syd tells the gripping real life story of how his life took a dramatic turn in just 56 Seconds. He reveals the secrets to his healthy survival based on a solid foundation of peer support, friends, family and medical practitioners.

"Great presentation. One could have heard a pin drop during your talk."

"You did such amazing work with this book. I have read it twice and know I will read it again. I have told as many people as who would stand still long enough about it. I thank you for the path you have forged for us all. I could never find words to express what your courage has meant to so many lives."

"Syd is a very passionate and engaging speaker who is devoted to helping others. By sharing his personal experience as a PTSD survivor, Syd provides hope to other officers who have suffered psychological injuries from traumatic events faced during their policing career.  Syd provides a unique contact-based training where his experience offers instant credibility with fellow police officers. Syd is an excellent resource for any policing organization looking to implement new strategies and solutions such as a peer support programs in their workplace to reduce the stigma of psychological health issues."

"Entertaining, engaging, heartfelt and demonstrative! That is a good start to describing how Syd Gravel interacts with students. Syd's session to the Justice Studies cluster of Programs at Mohawk College was fantastic."

"In his speech, Syd displays an innate desire to do all that he can, to ensure that this and future generations of police officers will be better prepared individually and collectively, to contend with the rigors of cumulative and critical trauma, that they will inevitably face during a police career."