Family and friends supporting a paramedic experiencing mental ill-health or suicidal distress
Do you love, live with, or support a paramedic living with mental ill-health or suicidal distress symptoms?
There are over 21,000 paramedics registered in Australia. Paramedics are regularly ranked as “the most trusted profession” in Australia. However, due to the high stress, exposure to trauma, long and shifting work hours and low rates of help-seeking - Ambulance service personnel are nearly twice as likely as the general population to experience mental ill-health.
Paramedics experience disproportionate levels of trauma, PTSD, psychological distress, and suicidal behaviour. We know that family and friends provide most of the practical and emotional support and are therefore key to improving the mental health and wellbeing of paramedics. While rewarding, this support and caregiving role can impact an individual’s time, energy, finances and emotions. These impacts can be reduced by delivering evidence-based programs and preventing the onset of mental ill-health and suicidality in family and friends.
Get involved and contribute to new research!
Are you supporting a paramedic experiencing mental ill-health or suicidal distress? The paramedic does not need to have any formal diagnosis. Maybe you have noticed a change in mood, behaviours or dependency on drugs or alcohol. Our new research project is designed to aid those supporting paramedics displaying any symptoms or diagnosis of mental ill-health or suicidal distress.
We are seeking such people to join us on this project. Learn more about opportunities to share your insights and contribute to this project below.
Access the family and friends online survey
Please share your insights and experiences as a support person of a paramedic by completing our online survey.
(See participation recognition information below)
**Online survey participation recognition**
Participants who complete the survey will receive a $25 grocery voucher to recognise the time associated with sharing their views for the research. Participants who complete the survey AND a short interview with our research team will receive a $35 grocery voucher.
Family and friends supporting paramedics video series
Help other family members and friends of paramedics by sharing your lived experience as a support person for our program video series.
Family and Friends Reference Group
Join our Family and Friends Reference Group
Provide input and oversight of the creation of resources developed, ensuring that they are appropriate, safe, and represent the voice of family members and friends of paramedics.
More about the project
Everymind is working with the family and friends of paramedics across Australia to help them on their journey of caring for a paramedic who is experiencing mental ill-health or suicidal distress. We aim to provide support, skills, and resources to family and friends to sustain their important caregiving roles and live fulfilled and mentally healthy lives themselves.
With funding from the Movember Foundation and support from The University of Newcastle, NSW Ambulance and Fortem Australia, we will consult, develop, deliver and evaluate an online support program for families and friends of paramedics. The Minds Together for family and friends supporting a paramedic experiencing mental ill-health or suicidal distress online program will promote better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for those who provide care.
We refer to family and friends as anyone who has a significant relationship with a paramedic who provides care and support, including partners, spouses, parents, siblings, friends and colleagues.
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