Community leaders support first responder mental health
A Texas city council called a 'Code Green' to raise awareness of first responder mental health issues
KYLE, Texas — City leaders showed their support for their first responders from the Kyle Police Department, San Marcos-Hays County EMS, and the Kyle Fire Department by embracing the Code Green Campaign.
On its Facebook page, the city announced the Kyle City Council had called a Code Green on first responders at a city council meeting on Tuesday through a resolution presented to the council.
The resolution, drafted by District 5 Councilmember Damon Fogley, recognized The Code Green Campaign as "a valuable resource in the City of Kyle for our first responders" and called upon the citizens of Kyle to "show their support to the brave men and women of law enforcement, fire and EMS" from this date forward.
Read the full text of the proclamation, which passed unanimously.
The Code Green Campaign calls a 'code alert' on the mental health of EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, and cops and is aimed at raising awareness of the high rates of mental health issues, substance abuse, and suicide that occur among first responders.
The campaign gives first responders a voice by allowing them to anonymously tell their stories and then republishing the stories so they can be viewed by others who may feel similarly. The Code Green Campaign also educates first responders on self- and peer-care and lobbies for systemic change in how mental health issues are addressed by first responder agencies.