– First Responders
Currently in the United States there are over 25 million First Responders, millions of active duty military and just as many veterans. These numbers do not take into consideration the millions of individuals in the health care industry with many more individuals choosing to go into these fields on a daily basis. With these career choices also comes the toll on an individuals mental health that unfortunately can have devastating effects. It is estimated that 30 percent of first responders develop behavioral health conditions including, but not limited to, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as compared with 20 percent in the general population. The numbers are just as staggering with the Military population both active and veteran status. Currently more than 1.7 million Veterans receive treatment at the VA and many more go without treatment. For active duty military it is estimated that 1 out of 4 show signs of a mental health condition but struggle with finding and receiving help.
In a recent study about suicidality, firefighters were reported to have higher attempt and ideation rates than the general population. In law enforcement, the estimates suggest between 125 and 300 police officers commit suicide every year. First responders are usually the first on the scene to face challenging, dangerous, and draining situations. They are also the first to reach out to disaster survivors and provide emotional and physical support to them. These duties, although essential to the entire community, are strenuous to first responders and with time put them at an increased risk of trauma.
At Emily Boris Counseling and Consulting Services, we are trained in trauma informed care, have certifications in trauma therapy and are Certified First Responder Counselors. We have a long history of working with individuals both in the military, retired from the military, first responders in various fields of service as well has those in the health care industry. We are aware of the unique needs that first responders present with and strive to work within the first responders realm so that they can have flexibility in services without compromising the quality of care.
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