When to Get Help

It’s essential to practice self-care and check in with yourself regularly.  Be aware of how you’re feeling, especially after difficult shifts.  Don’t let symptoms of trauma or stress reach a dangerous level.

You should reach out for support or seek help if you are experiencing any of these warning signs.

Cumulative stress and trauma can create a range of emotions and responses, and it may seem overwhelming at times. These feelings and experiences are normal, but they can take a significant toll on your mental and physical well-being. It doesn’t mean that you are destined to have long-term mental health conditions because you’re experiencing any of these signs, but addressing them is vital to ensuring lifelong health and wellness.

In addition to the peer support resources and confidential professional support resources you can find on this site, you can also call the NAMI HelpLine – a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. The NAMI HelpLine is available Monday through Friday between 10 am and 10 pm ET at 800-950-6264.  Or text "HelpLine" to 62640.

Remember: If you are in crisis, there are resources you can turn to.  There are numerous hotlines you can use 24/7.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7/365 — and you don’t have to be in crisis to call or text.

The Crisis Text Line also offers free 24/7 mental health support. Text “SCRUBS” to 741741 for help.

Adapted from the National Alliance on Mental Illness at https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Frontline-Professionals/Public-Safety-Professionals.