EMS, police, and firefighters, are often the first people to deal with incidents that pose significant threats to health and life. These work-related exposures and stressors result in an increased risk for mental health conditions, in particular, the presence of posttraumatic stress. The incidence of PTSD among first responders is considerably higher than the general population. And, there is an elevated risk for suicide among first responders. There are, however, protective factors that can be learned and practiced.
1. Background and Overview
Overview of protective factors based on recommendations of the World Health Organization. And, an entirely educational approach how to learn and practice those protective factors.
2. Learning to be Resilient
We might define stress as the body’s response to demands or pressures. There are protective factors to stress. Resilience is, in part, the development of positive-coping skills needed to manage stress in an optimal way. While positive-coping skills are helpful to becoming more resilient, we are also working towards understanding the importance of teamwork through a social support system. So, like many sports, as we learn the game, we are also learning how to work as a team.
A simple a web-based application that parallels the content of the five skill resilience quick reference, and further allows you to create your own resilience skills. The simple app permits exploration of a personal challenge using any of the skills. All data is stored locally on your computer or device.
An evidence-based program for improving and sustaining first responder behavioral health. First Responder Behavioral Health, Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS)
Mesa Fire and Medical
Screen saver and poster developed by Mesa Fire and Medical for their twelve skill resilience program. Poster »
Preventing suicide: A global imperative
World Health Organization report provides a global knowledge base on suicide and suicide attempts, and actionable steps for countries based on their current resources and context to move forward in suicide prevention. Link »
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