Constant exposure to traumatic events and life-threatening situations — and the stress of working long hours away from family members and under high-stakes conditions — can easily build up and take an enormous toll on mental health.
Police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty
85% of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health conditions
Depression and PTSD are up to 5 times more common in first responders
The current situation around COVID-19 has only compounded the stressors first responders cope with daily. Employers must address these issues head-on — and provide their teams with robust mental health support.