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Breaking the Silence

The Code Green Campaign calls a ‘code alert’ on the mental health of EMTs and paramedics by breaking the silence about mental illness in EMS by sharing the stories of those who have been there. The Code Green Campaign has selected this story and we are glad to share it with EMS1 readers. Learn more about the Code Green Campaign.

“Find the people who know how important mental health is and stick with them”
An AEMT recounts his first pediatric code, which occurred outside his home while off-duty
Whether physical activity, venting, or reaching out for help, find what works for your mental health
“We were her last best chance tonight, and my partner and I successfully stood in the gap between life and death”
A first responder reflects after being involved in a fatal shooting
An EMS provider’s struggle with anxiety, sleepless nights and despair
A first responder’s partner shares what it’s like to stay strong from the sidelines, waiting for their loved one to ask for help
A paramedic shares how the cumulative toll of tragedies experienced in emergency services can affect anyone
After trauma images trigger nightmares, a paramedic decides to face his PTSD head on by resisting isolation
I know that tunnel seems long, dark and with no exit. Trust me, my friends, there is an exit and there is light at the end