Research Updates

Culture not trauma — a new approach to identifying and preventing mental harm in first responders (Part 1)

Lauren Finestone

A study suggests it’s time for a rethink on what causes distress in first responders and how to prevent and treat it.

Until now, the approach that first responder organisations — those that employ police, fire, ambulance and medical workers — have taken to address the negative impacts their work has on workers’ mental health is to focus on exposure to trauma as the main cause of distress.  But despite interventions that aim to build resilience and provide early intervention and treatment, costly mental health claims by first responders ar...

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Published 16 April, 2024