Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

Resource Key


  Mindset - What we think (Personal)
  Skillset - What we do (Professional)
  Culture - Who we are (Organizational)

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Grief and Loss

Tips and strategies for surviving grief/loss. Tips for an individual or friends and family who are offering support, including the typical stages of grief.

Key Words: Grief, Loss, Stages of Grief, Surviving a Loss, CISM, Mourning

911 SWIPST: Southern Wisconsin Peer Support SOP

This is an example of SOP for intervention team. Includes background, concept and goals, contacting the team and team notifications process.

Key Words: peer support, support, peer, example, leadership, team

National Institute on Mental Health

NIMH provides access to information about many mental disorders. It breaks the information into different disorders and provides an overview, symptoms, risk factors, treatments and other beneficial information for individuals.

Key Words: anxiety, audio, best practices, cognitive, coping skills, culture, diet, documents, events, family support, grief, health, lifestyle, prevention, mental health, mindfulness, PTSD, sleep patterns, SOP, stress management, suicide, wellness, happy, happiness, critical incident stress management, CISM, PTSD, debriefing, cumulative, burnout, symptoms, risk, treatment

ADAA Website and Materials

This website provides access to information and articles about anxiety and depression.

Key Words: anxiety, depression, disorder, mental health, disorder, condition, prevention, treatment, OCD, PTSD, education, practice, research, ADAA

Protecting the Mental Health of First Responders During a Pandemic

The word “epidemic” is widely used to describe something that feels like it’s out of control. Anything that is classified as “out of control” tends to create fear.

Key words: stress, stress management, mental health, education

The 12 Elements of the Make it Safe Initiative

Emergency services call takers and dispatchers (CT&D) are a vital part of the first-responder family. As a first-responder, CT&Ds confront many of the same stressors as those they dispatch. However, call takers and dispatchers also confront stressors unique to working in dispatch.

Key Words: stress, stress management, support, suicide, risk factors, death, loss, grief, mourning, traumatic, marriage tips, relationships, make it safe

5 ways first responders can focus on mental health during the pandemic

Stress management and ways to be proactive during the unusual circumstances of the pandemic.

Key Words: stress, stress management, mental health

Crisis Intervention

An outline or review, defining Crisis Intervention and Critical Incident Stress Management.

Key Words: Crisis Intervention, Definition, what is crisis intervention, principles of crisis management

All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe

This short TedTalk addresses slowing down and the benefits of meditation practice allowing you to get a sense of focus and calm in life.

Key Words: mindful, prevention, stress, meditation, calm, slow, thoughtful

Suicide Prevention Tool Kit

Emergency Responder Tool Kit presenting information for identifying possible suicide risk, determining if an individual may be at risk, and intervening to safely help the individual. Applies to potentially suicidal persons encountered during the line of duty or colleagues.

Key Words: suicide prevention, self-harm, trauma, abuse, suicide plan, warning signs, danger signs, suicide threat, support, mental health, screening, reducing suicide, threatening behavior

Stress Management Services for Emergency Services Professionals

The King County Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program was developed by Public Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services. This document identifies CISM Program philosophy and strategies and discusses concerns of the CISM movement.

Key Words: CISM, Crisis Management, Stress Management

Sleep Problems Handout

Sleep problem areas and possible solutions to consider. Short, one-page handout to self-assess sleep issues such as difficulty getting to sleep, waking up in the night, disturbing dreams and waking to early. Each problem area has possible solutions to consider. Quick and to the point.

Key Words: difficulty sleeping, disturbing dreams, waking up to early, insomnia, sleep deprivation, sleep habits, exhausted, tired

6 Ways to Make Working the Night Shift Less Hazardous to Your Health

"Shift workers are among the most sleep-deprived segments of the population." There's very likely something going on besides a sheer lack of sleep: The disruption of the circadian rhythm—the internal clock that governs eating, sleeping, body temperature, and other regular biological processes. As it turns out, messing around with that clock can have consequences. This article lists early ideas by researchers and how these bad effects might be eased.

Key Words: sleep, diet, shift, nightshift