The power of self-care and empathy
A paramedic shares how the opioid epidemic triggered a mental health crisis, and how emotional care has helped
By OC87 Recovery Diaries
In this segment, Ian Stoddart, a paramedic for 32 years, advocates practicing empathy for positive mental health. This is his first responder recovery story. For Ian, a particularly tragic call involving a young woman’s death by drug overdose triggered his mental health crisis.
Self-care and empathy were keys to his recovery. Now, as Ian teaches EMTs and paramedics, empathy and emotional care are priorities in his curriculum.
“Emotional care is 90% of a paramedic’s job. That’s how it should be,” Ian says, “but that gets lost sometimes.” Read more of Ian's story as a paramedic here.