The Illinois Department of Public Health is pleased to release an issue paper entitled Suicide and First Respondersí Role. In collaboration with the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance, the paper was developed to address the role first responders have in suicide prevention.
This group includes, but is not limited to firefighters, police officers, EMTs, paramedics and emergency department personnel.
The issue paper provides information on why the role of first responders is so important, prevention/intervention strategies, unique challenges for first responders and recognizing first responders also are at risk of suicide. The paper concludes with a list of resources for additional information.