Apr 16, 2021

Managing the Mental Health of First Responders During The COVID-19 Pandemic

First Responder after stressful shift during covid-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a set of unprecedented challenges and changed life as we know it, and no other group of people has been more affected than our first responders. Their role is fraught with stress, and the pandemic has only amplified the mental and physical toll of their already stressful jobs.   

According to the substance abuse and mental health services administration (SAMHSA), 30% of first responders develop cognitive and behavioral health conditions, including PTSD, depression, and suicidal ideation. Covid-19 has significantly increased the demand for first responders and healthcare workers, and stress-induced mental and physical ailments have continuously worsened.  

Substance abuse among first responders was a point of concern before the Covid-19 pandemic but as their workload has increased, so have reports of increased substance use. One way to combat this is by utilizing digital care platforms; these platforms allow first responders to work through their mental trauma and address any potential substance abuse issues, all from the comfort of their own home.  

Digital care platforms such as Heritage CARES are 100% confidential and offer support through informative and inspirational videos on substance abuse and peer coaching, so those suffering can get the help they need without fear of judgment or risking their job.  

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