Our sincere thanks to Daniel Crampton and Ann Rush of Status Code 4, INC. (SC4I) for offering their time to talk to us and dedicating their professional endeavors to serving first responders. You can find a link to SC4I here, and can donate to their non-profit organization here. Below, you will find their trailer for their upcoming documentary Lifelines. Please take a second to watch it; this project will literally save the lives of first responders.
How do we prepare new medics for what they may see?
- Start talking about routine mental health care.
- Find mentors and peers to support you; normalize the fact that mental health is a factor in this field.
- There is nothing wrong with you if a call bothered you!
What do I right after a difficult call?
- Take a second to collect yourself.
- Change your uniform if needed, go to the bathroom, get some food, etc.
- Don’t be afraid to talk about.
- Could be a friend, peer supporter, etc.
- If you need to cry, then cry.
- Be prepared for the parasympathetic backlash.
Signs of distress after a bad call:
- Losing joy in regular activites
- Inability to process basic information; i.e. simple math problems, routine decisions, etc.
PTSD v. PTSI
PTSD, Depression, and Suicide Screenings
If you are concerned about your own mental health or the mental health of another individual, please take some time to look over the self-assessments here for PTSD, Depression, and Suicide.