Mental Health in First Responders: A Review and Recommendation for Prevention and Intervention Strategies

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Abstract

The present article describes the prevalence and predictors of adverse mental health reactions in first responders, a population exposed to stress (rather than a population who are exposed). Mental health impairments in first responders exact considerable personal and public costs and are likely to negatively affect work performance, including providing care to trauma survivors. This article provides an update on first responders' mental health and examines predictors of trauma-related psychopathology in this population. This information is of vital importance for the development and implementation of prevention and intervention strategies.

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