Rates of PTSD in Paramedics and Law Enforcement
A recent study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery has delved into the levels of PTSD and the contributing factors experienced by paramedics and law enforcement who had interactions with victims of trauma at a Chicago-based Trauma Unit during spring and summer of 2019.
Nearly 20% of the participants met the criteria for PTSD with those in the 46-50 age group and divorced participants scoring significantly higher than other groups. An overwhelming majority of almost 70% said they relied heavily on friends and family to support them through work-related stress. (Source: http://bit.ly/2O5vmbC)
All of our first responders deserve support, and while a family support system is great - there should also be professional help made readily available via the workplace without fear of judgment.