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First Responder Suicide Rates Higher than Line of Duty Deaths

First Responder Suicide Rates Higher than Line of Duty Deaths

Study found fire fighters and police suicide rate is higher than general public.

Mental health issues know no boundaries and no one is beyond its cold reach. The Rudder Family Foundation, a philanthropic family-based company addressing disability rights, published a white paper on the issue using 2017 data. In addition to the heart-wrenching news that first responders commit suicide at such a high rate, the study identified the rate of critical-incidents a police officer experiences on average in a career is 188. Critical incidents contribute to the accumulation of inhuman experiences that can contribute to stress and guilt accumulation. This and the idea that first responders suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a rate 5 times higher than civilians surely contribute to suicide rates among our local heroes.

The industry is making headway in the fight for healthy rescuers, but much remains still to be done. The battle to save our rescuers from suicide will never end. The report in total is worth reading and can be seen below, as well as video from the foundation.

Heroes 4 Heroes is ESO’s contribution to combat first responder suicide and support mental health. Read more on the H4H page.

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Read the full Rudderman Foundation Whitepaper below. To download either follow the download prompts to Scribd if you have or want to open an account. To download the report in full without Scribd account go here.

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Sean P. Haaverson has been involved in Emergency Services since 2000 when he started out as a volunteer fire fighter in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Over the span of his career he has experience working in multiple levels of emergency services: dispatch, rural and urban EMS, hospital care, austere and remote duty medicine, flight medicine, administration and teaching. He is currently a licensed Paramedic with certification in Critical Care and Remote Duty Medicine. Sean holds a BAAS degree focused in Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services Management. Sean serves as the co-founder and President/CEO of Emergency Services Outreach and the Center for Advanced Medical Training. He is also the National Association of EMT’s State Advocacy Coordinator for New Mexico.
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