Photos, videos: How police, fire and EMS agencies participated in First Responder Wellness Week
First Responder Wellness Week was designed to provide resources, support and community to help public safety personnel better understand the mental and physical health risks that come with the job
By Editorial Staff
Every day, around the clock, our nation's first responders give it their all. The job is uniquely rewarding. It's also uniquely challenging, with physical, mental and emotional impacts.
Our inaugural First Responder Wellness Week, which ran from March 27-31, was designed to provide resources, support and community to help public safety personnel better understand the mental and physical health risks that come with the job. Every day, we tackled a different issue impacting the health of first responders, including nutrition, sleep hygiene, mental well-being and healthy coping strategies.
Below, we have rounded up the top #FirstResponderWellnessWeek social media posts from police, fire and EMS agencies nationwide. These agencies fully embraced Wellness Week to ensure their employees are physically and mentally fit.
Did your agency participate in this year's First Responder Wellness Week? Send us a social link and we'll add it to our roundup. And don't forget to mark your calendar for the last week in March 2024 as we look to continue our #FRWW efforts again next year.
On behalf of the First Responder Wellness Week, while in roll call our Officers joined Lt. Haddock on Day 1 of stretches and tips on how to better understand the mental and physical health risks that comes with the job.#PPD #FirstResponderWellnessWeek #MentalHealth… pic.twitter.com/vxihh82a9M— Parkchester Police Department (PPD) (@ParkchesterPD) March 28, 2023
DAY 2 Sleep & Fatigue - An individual's health, both emotionally and professionally, can be impacted by fatigue in many spheres. An aspect of being fit for duty is getting enough sleep. Today Capt. Pizarro joined Roll Call and gave a better understanding of the importance of… pic.twitter.com/Ce7Fv26bTj— Parkchester Police Department (PPD) (@ParkchesterPD) March 28, 2023
DAY 3 Nutrition & Eating - Why is nutrition important for law enforcement officers?— Parkchester Police Department (PPD) (@ParkchesterPD) March 30, 2023
Eating well while working in law enforcement can occasionally be difficult due to long shifts, prolonged car trips, and overnight shifts. These factors can all make it difficult to maintain a… pic.twitter.com/MkTK3Hl9wL
DAY 4 Mental Health - Police officers report higher rates of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the latest law enforcement statistics by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), police officers report much higher rates of… pic.twitter.com/kV2SGMGSMK— Parkchester Police Department (PPD) (@ParkchesterPD) March 31, 2023
DAY 5 Healthy Coping Strategies - Officers develop a variety of coping strategies to handle stress resulting from their official duties. Some coping strategies are maladaptive, such as alcohol misuse and withdrawal from social support. Proactive coping strategies include… pic.twitter.com/Ilu0mn4qy9— Parkchester Police Department (PPD) (@ParkchesterPD) April 1, 2023
Being a 1st responder is incredibly rewarding…but it can also be incredibly taxing on the mind, body, and soul. It's the inaugural #FirstResponderWellnessWeek, offering self-care info and support to the nation’s public safety personnel. Learn more: https://t.co/Ehu4RjWlp8 pic.twitter.com/Xn5SixkLX1— Austin Fire Dept (@austinfiredept) March 27, 2023
We're proud to advocate for EMS mental & physical well-being during #FirstResponderWellnessWeek, sponsored by @Lexipol.— National Registry (@NREMT) March 29, 2023
From EMS to firefighters to police, we are exceptionally grateful for their service. Let's take care of those who take care of us! pic.twitter.com/lzzbz9DsfO
Sgt. Hilaire (Ret.) reminds his fellow officers, "We train to be tactical survivors and winners in our #LEO roles. We need to tactically eat like a #winner— National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (@NLEOMF) March 30, 2023
Learn more about #Officer Wellness tips this @Lexipol #FirstResponderWellnessWeek: https://t.co/TlzGmXa3yy
Join us in supporting the well-being of first responders during @Lexipol’s #FirstRespondersWellnessWeek!— National Sheriffs' Association (@NationalSheriff) March 27, 2023
From March 27-31, access resources and tips to prioritize wellness of first responders and their families: https://t.co/dF2BlGjmQc#FRWW pic.twitter.com/HDkocnIF3y
This is First Responder Wellness Week. Their risks don't stop at the end of the day. pic.twitter.com/a2apB2mPVH— Mayor Ginny Dickey (@ginnydickey) March 29, 2023