A Guide to Managing Stress for Disaster Responders and First Responders

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CEU Course Description:

Disaster responders and first responders serve on the front lines of disasters and other crises. By virtue of their work, they help communities address the broad range of challenges disasters present. They save lives, mitigate suffering, and improve post-disaster outcomes. However, also through their work, they may face hazards, horror, and suffering that can affect their mental health and well-being. This course will identify ways to manage stress after disaster and emergency situations.

Author: This guide was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under contract number HHSS283201700018I/75S20319F42001 with SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CAPT Erik Hierholzer served as Contracting Officer’s Representative.

Recommended Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: A Guide to Managing Stress for Disaster Responders and First Responders. Publication No. PEP22-01-01-003. MD: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2022. 

References / Contributions by:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2021). Underlying cause of death, 2018–2020. CDC Wide-ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) Online Database. Retrieved March 29, 2022, from http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10-expanded.html
  2. Chartoff, S. E., Kropp, A. M., & Roman, P. (2021). Disaster planning. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470570
  3. Duff, J. H., Gallagher, J. C., James, N., & Cornell, A. S. (2020, October 1). Federal efforts to address the mental health of first responders: Resources and issues for Congress (R46555). Congressional Research Service. https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R46555
  4. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (2022). National Incident Management System. https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/nims

Retrieved From: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/managing-stress-responders/pep22-01-01-003

CEU Course Objectives:

  1. Determine the signs and symptoms of stress
  2. Evaluate a framework for stress management strategies for responders and their leadership
  3. Identify ways to manage stress and incorporate it into daily routines

CE Outline with Main Points:

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding the Stress Cycle
  3. Promoting A Positive Workplace Environment
  4. Organizational Stress Management Before, During, and After An Event
  5. Managing Personal Crisis/Risk of Suicide
  6. Self-Care For Responders
  7. Summary

Course Level: Introductory

ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.


CAADE Approval

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Added On: 07/27/2023

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