Yesterday, I had a great discussion with a new Paramedic who was young enough to be my son. It is certain that we will run some calls together in the coming months as his ambulance responds to my district.
When asked what kind of mental health and resiliance training he has received, his answer disturbed me.
He told me that presenters didn’t really care about the material and blew quickly through the information. Not much discussion, no techniques, no data about suicide, drug addiction, interpersonal issues, etc.
“If they had really made an effort to present the material, I think it would have been useful”
If this was your son, would you want him getting into the field as an EMS provider without mental tools to help himself, his fellow crew members and their families? I think not. Time for a new approach.