Health and Safety Tip of the Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While the mental health crisis is widespread, it has only recently reached national attention. Stress and suicide among EMS and other healthcare providers, however, has been prevalent in the news for an even shorter time.
It is hard to be struggling mentally when we are so used to caring for patients with similar conditions. Please remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It does not mean that you are a bad provider, not does it mean that you cannot continue to work in your chosen field. It simply means that you realize that you need to take care of yourself as well as you take care of others.
There are lots of resources available; the following is by no means a comprehensive list. You can use them for yourself or for a coworker, family member, or friend about whom you are concerned.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Contact your HR manager
National Alliance on Mental Health Helpline: 1-800-950-6264
National Helpline (aka Treatment Referral Routing Service): 1-800-622-HELP (4357)
Richmond Behavioral Health Crisis Services: 804-819-4100
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)