The Code Green Campaign
First responder oriented mental health advocacy and education organization to bring awareness to the high rates of mental health issues in first responders and work to reduce them.
Improving mental health supports for emergency responders and their families.
Vermont EAP First
Provides expert trauma-informed clinical support, individual counseling and assistance in building a skilled peer network for Vermont’s First Responders. Available 24/7.
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).