Supporting EMS Mental Health

For Organizations

The following resources include tools that EMS organizations might implement to improve and develop their mental health support systems. 

  • This article and podcast episode from JEMS explores the use of ePCR data to identify the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime recently developed the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit, which aims to increase organizational capacities to respond to vicarious trauma. Their EMS resource compendium contains additional resources for EMS organizations.
  • The Code Green Campaign is an organization dedicated to first responder mental health advocacy and education. Their education page has a wealth of resources, including classes available to take surrounding topics such as suicide prevention and reducing stigma.

For Individuals

These resources may be useful to EMS personnel experiencing mental health issues.

  • The All Clear Foundation, an autonomous public charity founded by Global Medical Response, offers wellness resources for emergency responders and their families including  a Crisis Text Line, the ResponderStrong initiative with responder-informed clinical services and educational tools, and Train the Trainer workshops teaching the ResponderStrong mental health curriculum.
  • Tania Glenn and Associates is a clinical therapy practice focused on serving the mental health needs of veterans, first responders and their families.
  • Safe Call Now is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide.
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