To have mandated comprehensive yearly mental health evaluations for our first responders
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I would like to see a law that mandates that all of our first responders are mandated to get yearly comprehensive mental health examinations. Our first responders witness traumatic events on a daily basis and most are or will be suffering from either PTSD or acculamative PTSD. There is many studies that have shown that the suicide rate is much higher than that of the general population. Along with ptsd comes alcohol abuse, substance abuse and, higher incidents of domestic violence in these households. There is already a negative stigma within the first responder community that getting help is a weakness so allot of our first responders will not seek help or treatment for fear of peer retaliation or retaliation from their employer. So having a yearly comprehensive mental health examination along with mandated mental health examinations if a first responder is witness or is involved in certain types of critical incidents or traumatic events. This needs to be mandated to help save our first responders from any types of substance or alcohol abuse or at the very worst suicide.
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