One in five adults in America live with a mental health condition, and there is evidence to suggest EMS practitioners suffer a far greater rate of mental illness and suicide than the general public. Stigma prevents people from getting the help they need and can decrease the support given or shown from others.
We likely wouldn’t tolerate ridicule of a staff member who is diagnosed with heart disease — the same should be true for a colleague suffering from mental illness.
Let’s end the stigma — it starts with you.
Cross section study that compares EMS personnel to general population.
NEMSMA report cites survey that found 37% had considered suicide, much higher than the general population Date published: February 2016
TIM Network report on effects of traumatic event on first responders.