Mental Health Resources

The field of EMS is one that comes with a great deal of stress -- yet the corresponding impact on the EMS community frequently goes unnoticed or unacknowledged, often until it is too late. With this in mind, NAEMSP is attempting to work towards a future with more robust support systems for EMS personnel and their mental health, as well as a culture that places less of a stigma on mental health issues. The following resources and initiatives represent recent progress in mental health support for EMS.

Organizational Resources

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.

Individual Resources

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