When you finally get your dream job and it turns into a mental health nightmare, what do you do? As a young adult entering the workforce, Danielle Louis started working at her dream job as an emergency medical technician, an EMT. Like most first responders, Danielle endured tremendous pressure on the job - physical, emotional, and social.
Keeping a hero’s brave face on the job was the norm, leaving no room for human emotion, and left Danielle and her colleagues emotionally tapped. She found the mental health challenges first responders endure a major public health issue and decided to take the system head on. Danielle decided to go back to school to arm herself with knowledge and combat the stigma of mental health among first responders.
Danielle served a metropolitan community for seven years as an EMT-Paramedic. She is currently a Mental Health Counseling graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she has completed experiential coursework training her for proficiency in Group therapy and Individual Therapy, Military Psychology, diagnosis of child, adolescent and adult psychopathology, and Career Development. Danielle is also currently working on her New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor Certificate.
- Listen in on our full conversation with Danielle in our companion show, Everything We Found.
- David Sack, M.D. recommends how first responders can deal with trauma.
- Rene Ebersole shares what a first responder’s struggle with PTSDis like.
- Occupational Health & Safety-- Mental Health and First Responders: How Their Jobs Can Cause More than Just Stress.
- American Addiction Centers-- Firefighters & First Responders Risk of Substance Abuse.
- First Responders First-- HOW CBT CAN HELP IN TREATING TRAUMA IN FIRST RESPONDERS.