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UA Study: ‘AZ EMTs face 39 percent greater risk of suicide’

PHOENIX – A new study reveals that Arizona emergency medical technicians’ a 39 percent greater risk of suicide than the general public.

Researchers from the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix conducted the recent study and say that after seeing “surprising results,” they want to find immediate and effective solutions.

They partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services, (AZDHS) to develop an EMS resiliency website. This website provides information and resource to “help build resiliency and reduce EMS suicide.”

UA College of Medicine-Phoenix researchers are also working closely with the Golder Ranch Fire District. Their focus is to measure the effectiveness of resiliency training.

Resources: 

  • Crisis Text Line: Text Home to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support in the US
  • Safe Call Now: 206-459-3020
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free, 24/7 crisis support in the US
  • Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance is a website designed to help first responders who are dealing with tragedy,
Julia Leon

Julia Leon

Julia is a Digital Content Producer at News 4 Tucson. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
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