Mental Health Counseling for First Responders: Police – Firefighters – Paramedics
After working for over twenty years in Emergency Medical Service EMT-P (ret.) I am pleased to see that the community is taking a different approach to mental health counseling for First Responders. The trick is getting some of the “First to respond….and last to seek help” folks to reach out and just talk things out with someone that has walked a few miles in the same boots. I am able to speak the language and offer assistance working on some of the issues First Responders may be experiencing at work and at home.
Why I Do This Work
I started working as a Paramedic in 1980. I had the training and the skills to help others that were in life threatening situations. It was truly a very fulfilling job to be able to save a life or know what to do in order to make a difference in an emergency. As a Peer Support member of The Greater St. Louis Critical Incident Management team I recall feeling part of a bigger family of public safety, police-firefighters and Emergency medical staff. It has been an honor and privilege to be of assistance with EMS/Fire and Law Enforcement and returning Military and the people whom love and care about them.