Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health and wellness are incredibly important pieces in your career as a first responder.  The rates of PTSD, and suicide are higher in the first responder population than in many other professions.  Despite the higher prevalence of mental health issues such as PTSD and depression among first responders, many say they still feel that there is a negative stigma when it comes to talking openly with their peers and superiors about their mental health concerns.  Many first responder units are developing peer support programs to address the need for a decreased negative stigma and the overall need for mental health support.  Times are changing, and first responders are talking about these issues more freely.  And they’ve found that they feel better when they do.

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Suicide and Crisis

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, and/or if you are thinking about committing suicide, please call 911 as soon as possible or get to your local Emergency Room.

Community Resources

In the news: Mental Health Supports for First Responders

Self-help Tip Sheets

Last updated January 12, 2019