First responders: Behavioral health concerns, emergency response, and trauma

Date: 2018
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Type:  Article/Chapter
Author:  Disaster Technical Assisttance Center (DTAC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This article examines the behavioral health concerns of first responders - depression, substance use, PTSD and suicide/suicidal ideation. Its purpose is to present steps that can be taken to reduce these risks, either on the individual or institutional levels, for EMS workers, firefighters and law enforcement officers.