It's hard to believe just a year ago, our first public presentation had heads turning while everyone began speaking out and encouraging many EMS organizations to start talking about mental health and wellbeing of the providers. We won't be the first, nor the last to discuss this once taboo subject. One of the best outcomes of something so tragic as losing a brother or a sister, is the recognition of the current culture as it stands and fostering environments of support groups. Take the first step, allow each other to talk about workplace stress and show sincere empathy s when someone reaches out begging for help. If you want to meet up with any of the Reviving Responders, we will be available February 22-25, 2017 while attending the EMS Today 2017 in Salt Lake City. We would love to meet you and have an opportunity to discuss the latest and greatest. See you around!!
Thank you Western Berks Ambulance Services and Reading Health Systems and of course- Josh High for hosting us and allowing us to speak at your agencies!
Just finished our last lecture at the #codeems conference! It's been a busy but AMAZING 2 days traveling the PA countryside and meeting amazing people. Thank you to everyone- it was an honor.
-Amy Young, RR President & Monique Rose, RR Vice President
We want to thank EVERYONE who came to our power seminar at Pinnacle, "What Keeps You Up at Night". Amy Young and Monique Rose had the privilege to join some of the giants of the EMS community, Greg Friese, Editor in Chief of EMS1, Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide at First Watch, Mike Ward, Senior Associate with Fitch and Associates, and Rick Hunt M.D., Senior Medical Advisor National Healthcare Preparedness Programs at ASPR.
Again, thank you all from the amazing panel members to the wonderful attendees.
We would also like to thank Jim Marshall, MA, LLP, Director, 911 Training Institute, Chair and CEO 911 Wellness Foundation for your amazing presentation "Beyond Suicide Prevention, Building CareGiver Resilience", we were honored that you utilized our data and absolutely humbled by your praise. The work you are doing is nothing short of amazing and we look forward to working with you again in the future.
During our last session at the EMS today 2016 conference we found out that we had been nominated for a Jesse H Neal award for our JEMS October 2015 article.
Just getting nominated for this award is an enormous honor. We are so humbled right now. There have been so many individuals who have helped us get to this point and we could not be more thankful.
Thank YOU everyone who helped us get here
Reviving Responders and NEMSMA came together about 1 year ago to form the NEMSA Practitioner Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee, we knew when we decided to pursue the topic of suicide and mental health in the EMS community one year ago at the Ambulance Service Manager Course that our course project would turn into what it has become today.
It is only by standing on the shoulders of giants that we are where we are today. Thank you to everyone who has brought awareness to this issue and and even bigger thank you to everyone who has joined with us to get the research done that is needed to start making real changes to the culture of EMS and all other elements that has lead to such a drastic increase of critical stress in paramedicine and an alarmingly large rate of suicide.
Thank you ALL!!!
To see a few of the founding members of Reviving Responders, Mike Touchstone (President of NEMSMA) and Pat Songer (Committee Chair of NEMSMA - PMHWC) accepting the James O. Page JEMS Leadership Award at the Key Note Address of the 2016 EMS Today Conference please enjoy this video.
Thank you ALL for joining us in our first presentation at EMS today!! The turn out was more than we expected and we are so thankful.
Please attend our next session tomorrow at 3:30 pm in room 323, or spread the word to anyone who couldn't fit in todays session to attend tomorrow.
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It was nothing but a pleasure to have Amanda Riordan, Director of Membership for The AAA contact Reviving Responders for a blog post on the-aaa.org blog.
We look forward to fostering a relationship with The AAA and are excited at what the future holds.
Thank you all for your interest. Please spread the word, that is going to be the key to making a change in the EMS culture regarding EMS suicide.
Our main goal is to educate, spread awareness and get a real change in the culture of EMS, but please be aware that 7 individuals have placed their heart and soul into this paper and therefore this paper has been copyrighted, if you have any questions, would like to use or reference any part of this paper please do NOT hesitate to contact us, we would love to work with you..
One of our members, Monique Rose, was able to sit down with EMS1 staff and discuss our research. This article was a key component to help launch our grass roots survey into the mainstream EMS family.
"We believe that through our research we will gain a solid starting point for a much larger mission to save our healers," said Rose on behalf of Reviving Responders.
Our website is finally up!!
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Please stay tuned for some exciting things to come!