EMS Mental Health

EMS practitioners face challenging and traumatic events that can impact their mental well being each and every day. The mounting effect of patient needs, family, long workdays, nutrition, physical health, and sleep deprivation all contribute to an individual’s sense of wellness.

To assist EMS practitioners in recognizing, managing and seeking assistance for mental health issues, we have assembled the following resources. Use these resources to become more familiar with mental health issues and the needs of others, such as your patients and co-workers.

CategoryTitleDescriptionDate Published
Website informationStartYourRecovery.orgFree, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol.3/18/2017
Website informationDrugRehab.comInformation on drug addiction of many varieties and options for help, including treatment and support.6/21/2016
Website informationNational Alliance on Mental IllnessNAMI offers a hotline (800-950-6264), information on mental illness, and options for help.6/21/2016
Website informationSuicide Prevention ResourcesSuicide Prevention Resource Center4/04/2016
ResearchSupporting Responders to Effectively Deal with Atypically Stressful EventsTIM Network report on effects of traumatic event on first responders4/01/2016
ResearchMental Health and Stress in Emergency Medical Services NEMSMA report cites survey that found 37% had considered suicide, much higher than the general population Date published: February 20163/22/2016
ArticleWho Takes Care of the CaregiversNAEMT News feature article on resources to help EMS practitioners struggling with mental illness 1/19/2016
ArticleHospital Workers Find Solace in Pausing After a DeathKaiser Health News article describes how taking a moment to acknowledge a patient's death helps healthcare workers cope10/15/2015
ArticleSurvey Reveals Alarming Rates of EMS Provider Stress and Thoughts of SuicideFitch & Associates’ Ambulance Service Manager Program developed a survey distributed nationwide. 10/07/2015
Treatment and prevention programsInternational Critical Incident and Stress Foundation (ICISF)provides leadership, education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health services to the emergency response professions.7/20/2015
Assistance by phoneNational Suicide Prevention Hotline1-800-273-8255 - 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.7/16/2015
Assistance by phone24-Hour Crisis Line1-319-351-3140 - 24-hour crisis line serves as the first point of contact for individuals who are seeking help, support, and information.7/16/2015
Website informationAmerican Foundation for Suicide Preventionorganization that funds research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports survivors of suicide loss7/16/2015
Website informationAmerican Association of Suicidologyadvances science and programs in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.7/16/2015
Website informationInternational Association of Suicide Preventionlargest international organization dedicated to suicide prevention and to the alleviation of the effects of suicide.7/16/2015
Treatment and prevention programsStress First AidFlexible multi-step process for timely assessment and preclinical response to psychological injuries in individuals to provide support and save lives. 7/15/2015
Website informationNational Center for PTSDdedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. 7/15/2015
Assistance by phoneSAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotlineprovides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support. Call 1-800-985-5990. TTY for deaf/hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517. Text TalkWithUs to 66746.7/15/2015
Website informationCDC Emergency Preparedness and Responseresources for first responders for coping with disaster and traumatic events7/15/2015
Treatment and prevention programsMental Health First AidAn 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.7/15/2015
Assistance by phoneSafe Call Now206-459-3020 - comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide. All counselors taking calls are first responders. Also provide resources on their web site7/15/2015
Treatment and prevention programsCode Green Campaignnon-profit organization that provides resources and education on EMS mental health.7/15/2015
ArticleEarlier Than Too Late: Stopping Stress and Suicide Among Emergency PersonnelExplores suicide and mental health issues within EMS. 11/01/2014
ResearchNational Council on Behavioral HealthSummarizes the study results assessing the Mental Health First Aid program.7/01/2014
ArticleResponder ResilienceDiscusses evidence-based resiliency program that improves and sustains responder behavioral health3/01/2014