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.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

Provides guidance to agencies for holding a debriefing.

Preventing Provider Suicide

Discusses issue of suicide within the first responder community and prevention efforts.

Ambulance Personnel and Critical Incidents

A study on the impact of emergency work on mental health from the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Mental Health and Stress in Emergency Medical Services

NEMSMA report cites survey that found 37% had considered suicide, much higher than the general population Date published: February 2016

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI offers a hotline (800-950-6264), information on mental illness, and options for help.

DrugRehab.com

Information on drug addiction of many varieties and options for help, including treatment and support.

NAEMT 2016 National Survey on EMS Mental Health Services

Findings of a national survey conducted to determine what services EMS agencies provide to EMS practitioners to help them cope with job stress, maintain their mental wellbeing, and seek help when needed.