Counseling for First Responders

First responders comprise a group of individuals that are often witness to the immediate fall out of a serious accident. 

Counseling for First Responders

Among other duties, many are expected to perform life-saving medical care under the most extenuating of circumstances. Unsurprisingly, the job can be traumatic. 

Counseling for First Responders

 First responders can benefit from counseling services by providers trained in the particulars of their profession. 

What is a First Responder?

The name “first responder” encompasses several professions. As the name suggests, these individuals are the first to respond to a disaster.

What is a First Responder?

They are often medical professionals but may also be law enforcement or military. Examples of careers that may act as first responders include ...

What is a First Responder?

- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)

- Firefighters

- Police

- Paramedics

- Other emergency personnel, including doctors and nurses

- Military

Mental Health Concerns for First Responders

First responders must bear witness to inherently disturbing sights and sounds. 

Mental Health Concerns for First Responders

Gruesome bodily injury, emotional suffering, and immediate environmental hazards are all sources of potential trauma for these individuals.

Mental Health Concerns for First Responders

What is more, first responders are expected to compartmentalize this trauma in order to perform optimally. 

Mental Health Concerns for First Responders

 Repeated exposure to stressful events, combined with little recovery time, results in a significantly increased vulnerability to mental health concerns.

Mental Health Concerns for First Responders

It is estimated that 30 percent of all first responders will develop behavioral and/or mental health concerns, including PTSD and depression. 

Mental Health Concerns for First Responders

This percentage is 10 percent higher than that of the general population. 

Mental Health Concerns for First Responders

Firefighters and law enforcement have also been found to have a higher incidence of suicidal ideation and attempt.

Mental Health Care Barriers

Unfortunately, barriers to mental health care are prevalent amongst first responders. 

Barriers

Studies have shown a continued stigma toward receiving support. Other potential obstacles include a fear of retaliation in the form of enforced leave or prolonged desk work duties.

First Responder Counselors

More resources are becoming available to assist these individuals in identifying and managing concerns as early as possible.

First Responder Counselors

A perceived stigma surrounding care persists; however, it is somewhat lessened in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Responder Counselors

Mental health concerns rose to the forefront amid the uncertainty of a global health crisis.

First Responder Counselors

A counselor that is familiar with the emotional and physical stressors unique to first responders is preferential.

First Responder Counselors

Mental healthcare providers can undergo additional training to become Certified First Responder Counselors (CFRCs).

First Responder Counselors

 In order to achieve this designation, a provider must complete many hours of continuing education.

First Responder Counselors

They must also conduct in-person interviews with first responders and go on at least one ride along.

First Responder Counselors

This allows them to further understand the unique and stressful circumstances under which first responders operate on a daily basis.

Kathleen Hensley

The Crane Center is pleased to offer certified first responder counseling services through Kathleen Hensley.

Kathleen Hensley

 Kathleen is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and CFRC. She has experience with the unique needs and concerns of our nation’s first responders.

Kathleen Hensley

If you are a first responder and are experiencing anxiety, depression, or any other mental health concern, call or go online today to schedule your new patient appointment