EMS Provider Mental Health and Suicides Description


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Emergencymedical service personnel are faced with a lot of challenges when intheir workplace or when handling various scenes. Emergency medicalservices requires workers who are ready and able to work at anycondition which may occur to the public. This comes with a lot ofchallenges as one expects anything to happen anytime knowing notwhere to start or what to do. All the responsibility is left to thesepersonnel’s which makes the work difficult and stressing to them.The workers, therefore are at risks of developing unusual behaviorsout of the experiences they get trying to help other people. Theworkers are subjected to emotional turmoil. Many cases are reportedwhere the coworkers commit suicide and others suffer depression andindulge in drug and alcohol abuse. EMS personnel are subjected torisks that pose greater chances for them being affected by mentalillness.

Whythe EMS providers commit suicide and/or suffer from PTSD, depression,anxiety, or other mental illness

EMSworkers are subject to the high use of 9-1-1 systems and relativelyare exposed to stressful situations including abuse cases, deaths,motor vehicle crashes and other serious scenes (Knowlton, et al.2016). The EMS workers, therefore are subject to dealing with everykind of sensitive situation with or without the necessary training todeal with the situations and the emotional stress involved. Theworkers rarely have time to rest as events unfold every now and then.They are always on their feet trying to help others who are in adifficult situation. Without intervention, the individuals will beaffected by mental illness and emotional fatigue which leads toburnout. According to (Knowlton, et al. 2016), burnout involves anindividual responding negatively to a situation which may furtherreduce her or his job satisfaction, productivity and performance.This further leads to the development of a more serious problem whichis the post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD).


The workers are subjected to emotional exhaustion, depersonalizationand losing one`s sense of personal accomplishments. When andindividual in EMS is depersonalized, they tend to speak negativelyabout their patients which may lead to poor service providence(Knowlton, et al. 2016). The high-call volumes mostly with low-acuitypatients, limited medical scope and in some cases lack of properrewards. Working in such conditions requires the individuals to bemotivated and well taken care of. When a worker tries to help thelives of other people and themselves are going through problems, theservice they will provide will not be effective. The workers are alsoaffected by sleep deprivation and lack of administrative support.


All these poor working conditions are the causes of mental illnessand stress among the workers. The workers are at risk every time theytry to rescue others. Driving at high speeds, being in contact withdead bodies and other accident victims makes them have a lot ofemotional reactions that leads to stress (Knowlton, et al. 2016).PTSD occurs after a traumatic experience involving the threat of, orthe actual injury or even death. The disease causes the individualstrive to prevent thoughts, feelings and situational activities thatremind them of such instances. There are instances when the stressaffects the individual, and they are not able to cope with thechallenges anymore. If a worker receives a call from a patient, theymay act weirdly by refusing to answer the call. This issue causes alltime stress about a certain instance where death and a severeaccident was involved.


The thoughts that come to their minds gives them extreme pressurewhich triggers to others commit suicide (Knowlton, et al. 2016).Others find themselves involved in drug abuse to wipe away thestrange thoughts that come back to their minds all the time. EMSservice providers should be given all it takes for them to work insuch conditions. Better working conditions, guidance and motivationshould be given priorities in the sector failure to which the PTSDwill be a condition to stay (Knowlton, et al. 2016). EMS personnelare subjected to risks that pose greater chances for them beingaffected by mental illness.


Knowlton, A. R., Weir, B., Fields, J., Cochran, G., McWilliams, J.,Wissow, L., &amp Lawner, B. J. (2016). Pediatric Use of EmergencyMedical Services: The Role of Chronic Illnesses and Behavioral HealthProblems. Prehospital Emergency Care, 20(3), 362-368.