First responders, outside of soldiers, have some of the highest risks for incurring trauma and developing PTSD. At Re-Institute, we offer treatment for frontline guardians in conjunction with our recovery program, Compassionate Care Today.

What is a First Responder?

It seems like a silly question to ask, especially if you are reading this and are or know a first-responder yourself.

A first responder is someone whose job it is to respond to emergencies. As a society, we take for granted that there is always someone out there we can call in the case of an emergency. Imagine, in the pre-modern world, if something scary happened, your odds to getting outside assistance were slim. The best you could do is run to the town doctor or militia for help. Instead, we live in a society where through dialing 911, we can quickly get an ambulance or police to our location within minutes. It is an incredible system.

All conveniences come at a cost, and unfortunately that cost is to the brave men and women that perform their jobs without complaint day in and day out. These are the brave individuals whom must suffer with the emotional, physical, and psychic toll that being in unorthodox high-stress situations exacts on their bodies.

The result is often the development of substance use disorders or mental health conditions such as PTSD. More often than not, these things are comorbid.

PTSD and First Responders

According to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, many first responders are hesitant to seek help due to the stigma surrounding mental health. This has led to many first responders suffering from PTSD, depression, and substance use to do so in silence—which the JEMS goes as far as to call a silent epidemic.

The JEMS also states that PTSD is incredibly underreported across the board. According to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, firefighters are three times more likely to suffer a death by suicide than they are to perish in the field.

The root of these statistics, be they involving firefighters, police officers, or emergency medical staff, is that seeking out assistance is crucial. Those who are truly suffering from their conditions cannot hide it beyond a certain point, and they may be ruled “unfit for duty”, which can make them feel even worse.

Re-Institute believes in giving our frontline guardians the tools necessary to know that they can be healthy again and be once more “fit for duty”.

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Contact us to learn more about our many services oriented towards helping our first responders.