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Mental Health and Wellbeing of First Responders

The Mental Health and Wellbeing of First Responders project was originally launched as the Reducing the Stigma of PTSD in the ERC in October of 2015 but quickly expanded to include the overall mental illness and wellbeing of first responders.
Mission

Since September 11, 2001 there has been a greater awareness to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within the first responder community. Although there is greater recognition of this condition, there remains a stigma attached to it which often prevents first responders from seeking assistance. How can the first responder community work to remove the stigma attached with having PTSD or getting assistance to treat PTSD so that our first responders can get the assistance they need?

 

Project Co-Lead
Mike Biasotti
New York State Association of Chiefs of Police
Project Lead
Richard Burton
Public Health Physician Volunteer
Placer County (CA) Health and Human Services