Scott McConnell, RN, BSN, CEN, NRP, EMS-I, has worked in EMS for a long time. Over his career he’s gathered some useful knowledge. In this video, Scott shares some EMS tips and tricks he’s learned over his EMS career for maintaining good mental health. We hope you find these useful!
Tips for EMS mental health
In this video, we discussed some EMS tips for maintaining your mental health. In a profession where you so often encounter tragedy, remembering to take care of your mental health is paramount.
To that end, remember to take some days off now and again. By taking days off, we don’t mean taking half a day before your shift starts or only signing up for a partial shift. We mean staying away from the unit completely, and doing your best to not even think about EMS.
We know this is a tall task for most. For one, EMS is more of a calling than a profession. You have a passion for helping people and want to be out in the field. Secondly, with that said, it’s still your profession and you need the money. But, as any veteran EMS provider will tell you, your mental health is worth far more than what you’ll earn in a shift.
For Scott’s second mental health tip, he recommended videos created by Distance CME instructor on EMS and PTSD. These videos are great resources created by an experienced EMS provider. Many people in the field undergo the type of trauma that can lead to PTSD, so knowing the signs and symptoms is important. That way, you when to ask for help.
Thank you for tuning into this edition of Tips and trick with Scott. If you found this discussion helpful and want to learn more about how EMS can maintain good mental health, check out our resources on EMS mental health.