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.

"You were the best speaker yet! I learned a lot about what it means to be a police officer faced with such a difficult decision and the personal cost. We all really appreciated that you came to speak to us."

"The learning experience for us and our students was immense! Your story is commanding and impactful and your style of delivery very, very engaging. Thank you sincerely for your Mohawk trip and for sharing your story to guide others."

"Syd Gravel is a captivating speaker, who engages his audience with his powerful and inspiring story. His work in '56 Seconds' will also serve as an important reference guide for organizations preparing to help their members help each other."

"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."

"He had members of the audience hanging on his words. There were those who shed tears of empathy as well. Through this, many began to see policing with a new awareness, provided by an experienced, respected and valued officer (recently retired). I have since heard many accolades about this presentation from members of the audience."