SHARE Day happens every 7th of each month. The simple purpose of the day is to SHARE (spread hope and remind everyone) through the message of Only7Seconds. This is a day to take action and remind each other that we are not alone. Each month, we choose a focus group to remind them they matter.
September focus group:
It's no secret that first responders witness the darkest versions of humanity. They see the worst moments. They hold a front row seat to tragedy. As a result, the life of a first responder can often be lonely. Between physical fatigue, long shifts, mental strain, experiencing traumatizing situations, high stress, often first responders walk a path that civilians will rarely experience.
First responders refer to anyone trained to respond in an emergency. Primarily law enforcement officers, firefighters, dispatch operators, and emergency medical services.
Sources: Ruderman Family Foundation, April 2018. University of Phoenix, April 2017, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Bentley et al. 2013)
First responders are at a higher risk for mental health conditions. First responders are 5x more likely to experience depression and PTSD.
85% of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health conditions.
37% of emergency medical service providers have contemplated suicide and 6.6% have made an actual attempt– nearly 10 times the rate of American civilians. Police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.
69% of first responders feel as if they have never had enough time to recover between traumatic events