THE MENTAL CRISIS FACING OUR EMS PROS
THE TOLL IS ALREADY GREAT. BUT WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.
Our paramedics, EMT's and flight nurses must be equipped with the resources they need to face the enormous psychological demands their work places upon them.
Let's begin by facing the problem head-on, just like our medics do on scene...
Emergency medical services (EMS) workers have a higher risk of suicidal ideation and attempts compared to the general public, possibly the result of occupational exposures.
Suicide among EMS workers was proportionately higher than the general US working population.*
Far less research has been done to identify the extent of the suicide problem among our medics compared to law enforcement officers.** But those in the industry (and those of us who teach them) know all too well: we are losing far too many medics. What's driving these deaths? And what about all those who survive but continue to suffer?
Acknowledging these suicide struggles points us to the core issue...
EMS Professionals are exposed to an inordinate amount of human suffering in the line of duty. Exposure to such potentially traumatic events can increase the risk of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And when PTSD isn't treated, the risks of clinical depression, suicide, relationship failure and performance issues are greater.
Yet very few EMS Professionals have received training to understand these risks and to prevent such fallout in their lives. Most don't even realize you can fully resolve PTSD.
We're working to change that, by empowering you...
The 911TI team has been working for years to deliver preventive education through national EMS and 9-1-1 conference presentations and published works--not just to increase awareness about the risks, but pointing to the solutions.
Now our 911TI faculty, those who have lived the medic life, are ready to deliver high quality training in resilience and peer support so that your personnel can gain the insights, tools, and knowledge of resources they need to optimize their well-being, and to prevent PTSD and suicide among their co-workers.
That's what 911TI is all about.
* SOURCE: Suicides Among First Responders: A Call to Action. NIOSH Science Blog, April 6, 2021. Hope M. Tiesman, PhD; Katherine L. Elkins, MPH; Melissa Brown, DrPH; Suzanne Marsh, MPA; and Leslie M. Carson, MPH, MSW.
**SOURCE: Ian H. Stanley, Melanie A. Hom, Thomas E. Joiner, A systematic review of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics, Clinical Psychology Review, Volume 44, 2016, Pages 25-44, ISSN 0272-7358, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2015.12.002. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272735815300684)