VDH “Make the Call” – Mental Health and Wellness Campaign

If you are a first responder in need of help, please make the call.

This job is difficult and stressful. Some days are amazing, leaving you with a smile on your face. Some days are not. It is those days when the job is not amazing that you may take on the greatest burden. Unfortunately, that burden has created a world where more firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement officers have died at their own hand than in the line of duty.

This is where the “Make the Call” campaign comes in. Our goal is to remind first responders and those who know and love them, that it is okay to make the call. It is okay to reach out for help. It is okay to take care of yourself.

As part of this campaign the Virginia Office of EMS will provide access to numerous resources to help providers and agencies recognize the signs and symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress, and to understand the training and resources that are available not just for the first responder, but for their family as well.

For more info, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/makethecall.

Download the “Make the Call” media toolkit

Thank you to Hanover County Fire and EMS, Richmond Ambulance Authority and Norfolk Police Department for their participation in the campaign video.

If you have questions about the campaign or need additional information regarding mental health resources and training please contact Karen Owens, Emergency Operations Manager, at Karen.Owens@vdh.virginia.gov.

Visit the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services on FacebookTwitter and YouTube. If you have any questions, please email emstechasst@vdh.virginia.gov.