November 7, 2020
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How First Responders Are Prepared to Deal With Trauma

First responders are seen as some of the strongest, most respected members of our communities. They are tasked with exuding strength and safety while maintaining control and composure in any kind of high-stress situation. However, they are not immune to trauma, and the nature of their work puts their mental health at risk just as much as their physical health. Providing trauma and mental health crisis training for first responders and building resilience for first responders and their families daily can set the groundwork for a healthier, balanced daily life. Providing this information and breaking down stigmas that still surround mental health and trauma treatment can instill necessary preventative measures […]
November 4, 2020

How to Get Treatment for First Responders Who Suffer From Trauma and PTSD

The daily lives of first responders are filled with any number of stresses and dangers. Living with the threat of bodily harm to oneself and others takes a toll on the mental health of those who are tasked with putting their safety second when it comes to saving lives. However, due to societal stigmas, the complicated and serious nature of first responders who suffer from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often goes overlooked, and it can be very difficult for those who face trauma every day to get the support they need to work through its difficulties. The presence of trauma and PTSD symptoms permeate through a large number […]
October 31, 2020
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Signs of PTSD in First Responders

First responders are exposed to some of the most traumatic near-death experiences and asked to run towards these dangers and disasters in an effort to save the people therein. Their work is noble, but it comes at a cost. First responders are at very high risk for developing many different mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and especially post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) Symptoms of PTSD can be difficult to spot, depending on the person, but there are signs of PTSD in EMS workers and first responders that can help determine if professional therapy for trauma or PTSD treatment may be necessary.  PTSD Is Common and Dangerous in First Responders […]
October 27, 2020
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Manage Stress as a Law Enforcement Officer

Being a cop is extraordinarily stressful due to the constant array of dangerous situations and uncertainties they are exposed to. For a law enforcement officer, learning techniques for police stress management is paramount, as it can make the difference in someone’s own mental health, as well as their actions when in the heat of a high-stress situation. There are programs that help police officers deal with stress, but it is also important to know personal strategies in order to help self-regulate someone’s stress management. Police and stress go hand in hand, and there won’t be a situation where a law enforcement officer’s job isn’t filled with potential dangers. As a […]
October 23, 2020
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Suicide in First Responders: The Impact of Trauma

Experiencing any kind of trauma can have a huge effect on someone’s mental health and can change their outlook towards the world around them. Trauma is a part of daily life for first responders, as they are not just tasked with, but expected to run head-first into dangerous, traumatic, and life-threatening events from violent shootings to fires and other natural disasters. Exposure to this consistent stream of traumatic experiences takes its toll on each person, and as a result, the effects of trauma can build up inside the minds of first responders. Not only can this lead to a number of dangerous practices, such as trying to self-medicate one’s trauma […]
October 16, 2020
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What Is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)?

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a structured program designed to help those who have recently experienced trauma, particularly in the workplace. While individuals are often employed after traumatic events like fires, shootings, suicides, or any other events that present a risk of harm or death while at work, they can also be employed for a number of other traumatic events, such as natural disasters. CISM is intended to help in the short term, and allow those affected a formal, structured event in which to voice their experiences, emotions, and work out personal stress management strategies, or to learn how to recognize indicators that someone may need to seek more […]