Bad News-Good News
NIOSH (https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2021/04/06/suicides-first-responders/)recently blogged about the high suicide rate among first responders and what could be done about it. While some suggestions for addressing the problem were presented, many are already in place (e.g., peer support). More needs to be done on the front end of responders and healthcare providers careers, along with support along the way. The good news is our colleagues Maria Stengel and Amy Devins will be training Pima County Sheriffs Academy cadets so they have the “mental armor” to handle the job.
Change and Transition
There are a number of wonderful changes and transitions in my life, but even good things can sometime be stressful. Getting a promotion is a good example. I am going to step away from the blog for a bit to focus on some upcoming resilience trainings and developing a teletherapy practice. I’ll be back in…
The High Cost of NOT Addressing Mental Health
The cost to our economy for NOT addressing the mental wellbeing of all of us, let alone responders and healthcare providers, is astronomical. IF organizations can take the long view and recognize prevention and support pay positive dividends, they will actually not just save lives but money.
Mental Health and Public Health Workers
A recent study showed what most of us already know: the mental health of public health workers in under siege. Out of 26,174 stat, local, tribal and territorial public health workers surveyed 53% reported at least one symptom of a mental health condition in the past 2 weeks. The biggest culprit was being unable to…