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Mental Health First Aid for Fire and EMS

Mental Health First Aid for Fire and EMS focuses on the unique experiences and needs of firefighters and EMS personnel and is a valuable resource that can make a difference in their lives, their families’ lives and the communities in which they live. Firefighters and EMS workers learn about the importance of early intervention and how, as first responders, they can intervene in the field and provide direct assistance to someone who is experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. Learn more: download the Mental Health First Aid for Fire and EMS one-pager.

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Why Mental Health Matters for Fire and EMS Workers

85%
Approximately 85 percent of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health issues.
75%
Around 75 percent of rescue workers report mild symptoms of psychological trauma following a disaster.
40%
According to a national survey of first responders, nearly 40 percent of respondents said there would be negative repercussions for seeking mental health help at work.

How Mental Health First Aid for Fire and EMS Can Help

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Reduces stigma
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Increases mental health and substance use literacy.
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Teaches skills to safely address a colleague’s mental health or substance use challenge.
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Teaches skills to safely address a mental health or substance use challenge on the scene of an emergency.

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