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.
The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:
Approximately 85 percent of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health issues.
Around 75 percent of rescue workers report mild symptoms of psychological trauma following a disaster
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.