Click here to download PDF version By: Michelle Flanagan Short Introduction A recent survey conducted by the Ambulance Service Manager Program reports that more than 37% of EMS Provider respondents reported having thoughts of suicide at some point in his/her life. Additionally 6.6% reported having attempted suicide at some point in the past. In 2013, more than 41,000 individuals died by suicide in the United States. Researchers estimate that over 1 million additional people attempted suicide within that same year. Some people who fail in their attempt to commit suicide go to an emergency room and are connected with help. Others never tell anyone, and continue to struggle in isolation. Researchers do not know how many suicide attempts were within the EMS community. It is difficult to collect accurate because different states and jurisdictions collect data on suicide behavior differently. Some EMS providers are volunteers and therefore may have a different occupation reported, making them more difficult to track than other occupations such as police officer or firefighter. We do know that EMS providers are exposed to critical stress in the workplace which creates a possible risk factor for suicide behavior. This toolkit provides information on how to prepare for…

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