The State of Mental Health Among Virginia’s EMS Providers

We asked, you answered. The results of the 2019 EMS Provider Mental Health Survey are officially posted on the VDH website! Click here to view the results.

The goal of the survey was to assess the mental health status of Virginia’s EMS providers, as well as the perceived mental health culture and services within providers’ agencies. Throughout July and August, every EMS provider within the Commonwealth of Virginia with a working email received the survey, which resulted in 3,003 valid responses. Approximately 3 out of 5 EMS providers believed they experienced burnout, traumatic stress, depression, PTSD, suicidal tendencies or various combinations of all of them at some point during the past 12 months.

Moving forward, our hope is to use this data to raise awareness and drive further action aimed at improving EMS provider mental health resources. If you have additional questions about the survey or results, please contact Vincent Valeriano, epidemiologist, at vincent.valeriano@vdh.virginia.gov. For more information about provider mental health and wellness resources, visit: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/emergency-operations/cism/.

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