First Responder Specialized Program
First Responders are usually first on the scene to traumatic events, natural and un-natural disasters, and are the first to confront physical and emotional trauma. First Responders include EMS personnel, police officers, fire fighters, emergency personnel, paramedical teams, and even ER physicians. While their job is vital, saving lives, it’s incredible high stress work with direct exposure to death, grief, injury, pain, and loss. Not everyone can be saved, and work and witness such trauma on repeat can take a significant emotional and physical toll on the brave individuals working in this field. To make it harder, they often work long-shifts with poor sleep and move from traumatic event to event with little time between to rest or recover. While tasked with looking after people and saving lives, there’s little in the way of support systems looking after them. At Jade, we have specialized programming for First Responders that are struggling and need help. Contact Us today to learn more.
First Responder Substance Use – A National Problem
Substance abuse in First Responders is not only prevalent but can, in certain environments, be part of the culture. Co-workers going to the bar after work to unwind and deal with the stress of the job not only reinforces alcohol as a coping mechanism, but can develop into a use disorder as individuals struggle to cope and manage the stress, trauma, and requirements demanded as a First Responder.
TIME reports that between 50% and 66% of individuals with addictions suffer from PTSD concurrently. There’s body of evidence reporting that First Responders experience PTSD at a much greater rate than the national average, and the co-occurrence may be much greater as well.
A study conducted sampling urban police officers found 18.1% of males and 15.9% of females reported experiencing adverse consequences from alcohol use, and 7.8 % of the sample met criteria for lifetime alcohol abuse or dependence.
First Responder Mental Health Disorders – A National Problem
It can be stressful, draining, and dangerous for first responders who frequently arrive first to traumatic events and disasters. Not only are they first to reach out to survivors and provide physical and emotional support, they’re often quickly moving from trauma to trauma without enough time between to recover.
A 2015 survey published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services and reported by the FEMA asked more than 4,000 emergency medical service providers about stress & suicide. The survey found more than 85% of respondents reported a critical stress, more than 35% of respondents said they had contemplated suicide, and more than 6% had made a suicide attempt. This is more more than 10 times greater than the national average.
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Alcohol Abuse Among First Responders
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