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.
A recent study by Northwest Public Health found that 20% of emergency medical services personnel suffer from PTSD due to the repeated exposure to traumatic events. This leaves EMTs searching for a coping mechanism and the one they turn to can often be unhealthy. It is incredibly common for first responders with PTSD to turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to numb the pain - but the result is often that it makes things worse.
At Responders 1st CallTM we recognize the need for accessible support whenever first responders need it. We are offering proactive, preventive solutions for emotional health including our on-demand trauma hotline which offers in-the-moment support accessible 24/7/365.
Saving the Lifesavers