As we’re sure you’re aware, suicide among EMS providers is thought to be increasing. EMS providers work in a high-stress environment and are routinely exposed to critical incident stress, which, when left unaddressed, can lead to PTSD, which increases the risk of suicide. Negative coping strategies increases this risk as well. Positive coping strategies and resilience, on the other hand, can reduce PTSD risk and even contribute to post-traumatic growth (PTG).
WKU is conducting an anonymous in-depth survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete, that investigates the relationship between PTSD and suicide ideation, personal factors (coping, resilience, and PTG), and work factors (workplace culture and post-incident services) among EMS providers.