EMS System Manager McLean County Area EMS Bloomington, Illinois
Agencies' attempts to address mental health issues often fall short of intended goals. Rarely do they do anything to correct underlying challenges. Instead, embracing and owning a culture of supporting mental health takes intentionality, purposeful steps, and dedication. Embracing mental health has to be threaded throughout the organizational structure and a core part of agency identity. This presentation will review common cultural barriers and look at simple steps agencies can take to shift their department culture in the right direction.
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Recognize common barriers to embracing a mental health culture.
Describe the steps necessary to create avenues to open conversations about mental health in your agency.
Locate appropriate resources for agencies to utilize to provide education on mental health and the EMS responder.