COVID-19 amplifies mental health need for emergency responders: Dayton hospital system offers help

  • Source: Dayton Daily News
  • Published: 09/15/2020 07:40 AM

Emergency responders have always struggled to seek mental health help following a crisis on the job or in their personal lives. The coronavirus pandemic has amplified that struggle, a local health expert said. “There’s a lot of folks, whether that be first responders or the community at-large, that experiences a traumatic incident and doesn’t really know how to deal with some of the things that they seen or that they heard or that they witnessed,” Julie Manuel, a Kettering Health clinical program manager, said. The “turning point” for the Dayton community was 2019, when area first responders dealt with the aftermath of a tornadoes in May, a mass shooting in August and a multitude of other emergency events, according to Manuel. Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center in Moraine is offering an intensive outpatient program that offers support for the mental health and well-being of emergency personnel.


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