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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 47,500 suicides in 2019, making it the 10th overall leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, more first responders died from suicide than line-of-duty deaths. In 2016, the rate of suicide among EMTs was 5.2%, compared with 2.2% in the general population. Suicide ranks as the 2nd most common cause of death in the 10-34 age brackets and 4th within the 34-54 age brackets. Given that the average age of the EMS/first responder professional is approximately 35 years old, these statistics suggest we will all know many colleagues during our careers who will take their own lives.
Our team at CareerCert is deeply concerned with the staggering statistics noted above. As such, we have developed this free website committed to the well-being of our EMS and firstresponder colleagues. On the site you will find free training, useful articles, and links to other beneficial resources. Additionally, we will continue to update the website in the coming months with new content that builds better awareness of these critical issues facing our first responder community and access to mental health resources.
Dr. Kenneth Alan Totz, DO, JD, FACEPCareerCert’s executive medical director, a board certified emergency physician,
health law attorney, and former active duty naval flight surgeon.
When we talk about scene safety, we always put ourselves first, our partners second, and then the victim(s) third. What about when we’re off duty or not on a call?