CHA News Article

New Online Class Supports First Responders’ Mental Health

New resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seek to provide greater support for first responders’ mental health. According to a recent national study, 19 percent of first responders reported having had thoughts of suicide, while 27 percent reported having struggled with substance use issues, and 81 percent said they feared being seen as weak or unfit for duty if they asked for help. With input from first responders, SAMHSA developed a new, online training course that addresses occupational stressors; mental health and substance use issues, including depression, post traumatic stress disorder, suicidality and alcohol use; resilience; and healthy coping mechanisms, including demonstrations of stress management techniques. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education for continuing education credit.

For more free, online classes developed for first responders, visit www.samhsa.gov/dtac/education-training.

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