WVU researchers see need to strengthen mental health programs for first responders

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Article via https://wvutoday.wvu.edu on 22 May 2023

Controlling traumatic situations is synonymous with the daily duties of first responders, yet many mental health programs to combat the increasing stress they encounter are lacking.
“With elevated risk for suicide and other mental health issues among first responders, we have a significant public health problem,” said Michael Fisher, assistant professor in the WVU School of Public Health Department of Health Policy Management and Leadership, who led a study analyzing mental health and first responders in one state.
Their insights revealed increases in job stress and first responder deaths by suicide as factors intensifying the need for mental health programs and policies.
At the same time, they said a decrease in mental health stigma opens the door for more people to seek help.
The size of departments or jurisdictions played a role in the types of mental health support available, participants said.

Please check out the complete article (source in English): https://wvutoday.wvu.edu/stories/2023/05/22/wvu-researchers-see-need-to-strengthen-mental-health-programs-for-first-responders
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