Being in the emergency response field poses a set of challenges that you don’t see in many other jobs. Constant exposure to trauma can lead to mental health issues, and taking care of yourself if you are an EMT, emergency responder, doctor, nurse, police officer, firefighter, or anyone else who is exposed to traumatic events can really help you live a healthy life and do your best when you’re working.
Blue Trauma syndrome is a set of symptoms that could be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. While many people who work in fields that expose them to trauma are aware of the risks and may have even experienced some of the symptoms themselves, there isn’t a lot of help out there for these specific issues. It’s time to change that by raising awareness about the problem and ensuring that resources are in place to assist those who need help after a trauma.
People who work in the emergency response field are at a higher risk of a variety of health and lifestyle issues that can affect their health and performance on the job. That includes PTSD, divorce, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, spiritual crises and suicide. By employing helpful strategies to treat symptoms of Blue Trauma syndrome, employees and the people they help can benefit.
Clearly, having good mental health services is an important aspect of ensuring that emergency personnel are properly cared for. However, it’s not the only thing that can help. Experts suggest that people who work in the emergency field should have access to physical fitness opportunities, such as a gym or a set of weights. Regular exercise is linked to better moods and wellbeing, so it makes sense to use it to help employees stay healthy in both body and mind.
Both employees and employers should be on top of the health of emergency response workers. When trauma occurs, the right people can be contacted to assist those who are in need. When everyone is aware of the symptoms and signs of a problem, they can take care of one another so that no one goes without the help they need as they work to help those who have experienced a traumatic event in their life.
Mental health workers are always in need and can be employed by the county or the city in which emergency personnel work. Some departments also hire their own mental wellness staff. This is a rewarding and much-needed job in many areas across the globe.