The issue captured national attention when Dr. Lorna Breen, a physician from Charlottesville, Virginia, working on the frontlines of the pandemic in New York, died by suicide.
The researchers hope the findings will help the profession better understand and address mental health issues and the stresses that COVID-19 has had on the EMS community.
A Seattle (WA) councilmember said he wants the city to create and fund a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program with unarmed medics and crisis workers.
The federal government launched a broad national campaign Tuesday aimed at reducing high suicide rates, urging the public to reach out to others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and acknowledge daily stresses in people's lives.
Health care workers are reckoning with the psychological toll of the virus fight, coupled with fears that the disease could flare anew later this year.
The Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) was launched June 1 and operates Monday through Friday.
All of the providers listed in the directory either have firsthand experience with the fire and emergency services or have completed a training course through FBHA to educate them on the fire service and the specific challenges responders face.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged governments, civil society and health authorities on Wednesday to urgently address mental health needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic, warning that psychological suffering is increasing.