Resources and Supports for Vermont First Responders

Support is available for people working in dispatch, law enforcement, EMS, fire service, and corrections.

Improving Mental Wellness in First Responders

Research shows that first responders are at increased risk for suicide and thoughts that life was not worth living. Firefighters and law enforcement officers are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. EMS clinicians are more likely to take their lives than members of the public. 911 dispatchers are also at risk; studies have found that nearly one-quarter experience depression, and as many as 24% have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). First responders have a higher risk of suicide due to occupational exposure to traumatic experiences and social stigma related to seeking treatment. More information about risk from the CDC.

To reduce suicide risk and improve mental wellness, individuals and organizations can work to combat stigma and support peer mental health networks and employee assistance programs (EAPs).