Mental Health and First Responders / by AzHHA

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

When a traumatic situation arises first responders are the first to arrive at the scene of events involving injuries and loss of life. They are expected to provide an effective and efficient response to help the community recover. But who can first responders rely on to ensure that they can recover too? The situations first responders are generally faced with are inherently difficult and stressful. These chronic stressful situations often lead to post-traumatic stress, acute and cumulative stress, depression, anxiety, and suicide. The good news is that there are resources. The Arizona Department of Health Services has webpage with resources and tools for first responders.