Emotional Exhaustion in First Responders
According to data gathered by Mental Health America, Screening from June to September 2020, emotional exhaustion was among the most common answers for how healthcare workers have been feeling. In addition, trouble with sleep, loss of appetite, and work-related dread were also common responses.
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.
The Negativity Effect
The Negativity Effect is the human brain's tendency to focus more on negative events than positives ones. (Source: https://bit.ly/3rPYcve) We more readily absorb negative events to the extent that studies show increased brain activity during the negative stimulus. Over time this can bleed into our personal lives and we might start to notice:
Family Mental Health Consultations
Every day, first responders make tough calls in the service of others, but who is there for them in their hour of need? Responders 1st Call™ delivers a virtual lifeline and relieves the emotional and physical impact of trauma on First Responders.
The life of a First Responder
The life of a first responder is not for the faint of heart. It takes a certain amount of psychological resilience to be able to compartmentalize not only the emotional highs and lows of the job but also the traumatic situation they witness almost daily.
First Responders & Cumulative Stress
First Responders are expected to make instantaneous decisions to save other people on a daily basis. But what happens when it is these heroes who are the ones in crisis?
PTSD Affects First Responders DISPROPORTIONATELY
Most people will gradually recover from the psychological effects of experiencing a traumatic event, but PTSD will develop in a substantial proportion. The percentage of First Responders that will develop PTSD is much higher when compared to the general public.
Supporting Heroes in Real-Time
Every day First Responders make instantaneous decisions that save other people's lives... but: What happens when the responders are in crisis? Who is there to help them through their tough times?
First Responders Witness Trauma Every Day
First Responders are, on a daily basis, exposed to serious injuries, death, and situations that put themselves, their colleagues, and members of the public in danger. On any given day they can find themselves going from a simple traffic stop to a fatal incident within a matter of minutes.
Cumulative Stress Among First Responders
The cumulative stress that comes with being a first responder can have a negative impact on how they relate to others, making it difficult to maintain long-term intimate relationships. This has only increased further since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic which has added additional stress to an already stressful job.