Bauer Business Focus

First Responders & Mental Health

Guest: Professor Elizabeth Anderson-Fletcher


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For first responders, another person's worst day has to be their best day. And while firefighters, police officers and paramedics put their lives on the line each day, the issue of how to save their lives isn't often discussed. Elizabeth Anderson-Fletcher, an associate professor with the Bauer College of Business and a volunteer firefighter with Cypress Creek Fire Department discussed the issue.

"For many first responders, ‘leave a place better than you found it' is a mantra of service and dedication," Professor Fletcher said. "But there are shockingly few resources for behavioral health and suicide prevention for this group."

"In fact, more firefighters die by suicide than in the line of duty," she said. "More research on stress and emotional health for first responders, is the first step in meeting the needs of these individuals who serve our communities. The only way we can end the stigma about getting help is to have the conversation."

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