First responders face an increased risk of experiencing behavioral health issues including mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Fear of being seen as weak or not up to the job of a first responder keeps many from seeking help. Responders can build their resilience by increasing awareness about risk factors and warning signs, talking with each other, and using healthy coping strategies.
This article from SAMHSA.gov provides a list of signs of stress, stress management tips, online behavioral health trainings and more. If you're a first responder and you're feeling particularly stressed, please reach out for help.
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