911 dispatchers are just as likely to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as EMS and other first responders. We spoke with a former 911 dispatcher about her experiences, and discuss recent research around first responder jobs and mental health.
An EMS provider and mental health expert discusses the impact COVID-19 can have on EMS providers' mental health and how they can cope with these challenges.
In a video of a father and son arguing many people left comments placing blame on the parents. But when I watch the video, I do not see a parenting failure. I see a kid suffering from disruptive behavior disorders.
Open communication creates a workplace safety net when job stress runs amok. Learn how your EMS team can build a safety culture based on peer support.
Have you heard about Code Green? The nonprofit maintains a free database with nationwide resources anyone can access. It includes peer support resources, chaplains and licensed professional counselors all specifically trained to work with first responders.
An EMT shares his personal experience with suicide and the signs he and his family missed before his son made an attempt. Learn how teen depression differs from adult depression and which clues can alert you to an impending problem.
Do you have first responder stories you need to unload? Submit your story to EMS Confession. It's an anonymous, online storytelling project for first responders and veterans who want to ease their minds.
Learn about two nonprofit organizations that are ready to take your call when your first responder mental health coping skills are maxed out and you need a shoulder to lean on.
Your job can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Responding to tragedy every day with the pressure to keep people alive can slowly take a toll on your psyche. Make sure you know which first responder mental health resources exist to help you.
As pre-hospital providers, we must develop and express additional plans in the event our original strategies fail to empathize with bariatric patients. Our ability to do this will provide an added sense of security and empowerment to their treatment, which may be something they never experienced in a medical setting.