First Responder Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources
"Firefighters, paramedics, and police officers are often the first on the scene of a traumatic event but too often. They are also often the last to heal. A career dedicated to protecting and serving others may leave minimal time for self-care in addition to being frequently exposed to trauma. The unique pressures experienced by these first responders lead to a high occurrence of substance use and mental health disorders.
The physical and psychological injuries sustained on the job contribute to high levels of chronic stress, which may manifest as mental health disorders like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These diagnoses are commonly associated with higher rates of substance use. While many first responders may not admit to substance use due to fear of being stigmatized or losing their career, there is likely a high percentage of substance use in this population."
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