(formerly CODE GREEN)
It's no secret that first responders are under stress. Unfortunately, this stress often goes unrecognized, unacknowledged, and unmanaged, which can result in health problems, family conflict, emotional detachment, PTSD, and even early retirement.
Facilitated by a licensed mental health professional and a retired first responder, this presentation provides an in-depth look at the following:
Different types of stress and stress reactions
The impact of first responder culture
Ways first responders can protect themselves and each other from helper fatigue, burnout, and PTSD
The role of leadership in creating a trauma-informed workplace
How to seek professional help
Why "CODE GREY"?
The "code alert" system is used by first responders and healthcare professionals to communicate about different levels of emergency. A "code grey" is called when there is an urgent/potentially dangerous situation that requires assistance, which perfectly describes the mission of this presentation. First responder wellness has become a critical issue, and our objective is to assist with managing job-related stress, increasing mental wellness, and preventing suicide.