EMS, Firefighters, Military Members, Paramedics, Police Officers are often placed in many situations that can put their mental and physical health at risk trying to help others. Unfortunately, these brave men are often left with emotional and mental trauma also known as PTS or PTSD which left undiagnosed or supported can lead to depression, anxiety, isolation, addiction and suicide. The rate of substance misuse dramatically increases by 2-4x when an individual has witnessed or be involved in a traumatic event.
Subsequently today many employers work hard to provide first responders with a supportive environment when it comes to Mental Health and Wellness. Peer support groups help individuals suffering from OSI’s (Operational Stress Injuries – psychological injuries sustained while employed as a first responder). Having programs in place for these workers that suffer from Mental Health Challenges, including substance abuse, are beneficial for all parties involved.
For employers and first responders, this price tag can be a large one, due to on-the-job injuries, lost productivity, absenteeism and other factors.