PTSD and First Responders

Any first responder position is certain to be stressful at least sometimes. The job is about responding to emergencies, sometimes horrific traumas. Someone is having the worst day of their lives and you’re there to help. It could be a fire, an accident, a 911 call, or gunshots. Some first responders make a lifelong career of their jobs; others take an early retirement due to the stress. In 2018, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association) estimated that about 30% of first responders experienced PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), though that number is likely higher now.