Advancing the EMS profession

EMS Mental Health

EMS practitioners face challenging and traumatic events that can impact their mental well-being 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. Paramedics and EMTs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have also experienced increased stress levels over concerns about exposure to the virus, self-quarantines, and the health and safety of their families.

Mental and emotional wellness is critical to the longevity of a healthy EMS career. To provide agency leaders and practitioners with information and resources on EMS mental and emotional wellness, NAEMT has assembled a variety of resources. If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts or would like emotional support, or you are worried about a colleague, please reach out to one of the support services below.

ACEP Wellness Guide
Being Well in Emergency Medicine: ACEP’s Guide to Investing in Yourself

ACEP Wellness and Assistance Program
The ACEP Wellness & Assistance Program offers ACEP members exclusive access to three FREE counseling or wellness sessions in partnership with Mines & Associates.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Call 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741

National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI hotline: 800-950-6264

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255 - 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Safe Call Now
206-459-3020 - 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 site.



2016 National Survey on EMS Mental Health Services reports on the services EMS agencies provide to practitioners to help them cope with the stress of the job, maintain mental health, and seek help when they need it.