A Helping Hand

The Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) has posted an article with tips to help first responders fight against mental health issues and occupational stressors.

  • Before and after treatment, such as pre-exposure training and "Psychological First-Aid" after an incident. “These before-and-after sessions help first responders prepare mentally and emotionally for the initial exposure to a traumatic event and the potential fallout,” according to the article.
  • Talking to a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist or occupational therapist. “Even if the professional doesn't make a diagnosis of a serious mental health problem, he or she can still recommend supplemental programs or services that can assist in alleviating job-related stress,” says the article.
  • Self-care techniques, such as breathing and relaxation techniques, yoga, meditation, avoiding more than 12 hours per shift, communicating to friends and family, eating healthily and exercise, and remembering that saying “no” is possible.