Jumpline coffee wants to help support our brother and sister firefighters, police officers, EMS workers, nurses, and other health care providers that suffer from PTSD, Depression, and other mental health stressors. 

First responders and health care workers face many challenges and are exposed to many stressful events over the course of their careers. Multiple life treating situations, constant direct and indirect exposure to death, erratic sleep schedules, long work hours, back to back high stress calls, as well as a long list of other negative experiences that the average person is insulated from.

Because of this, many of them face a higher risk of depression, post traumatic stress disorder/symptoms, burnout, suicide and incapacitating suicidal ideations.

It is estimated that 30 percent of first responders develop behavioral health conditions including depression and post traumatic stress disorder PTSD (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018).

37 percent of fire and EMS professionals have contemplated suicide, nearly 10 times the rate of American adults. In addition, 6.6 percent of fire and EMS professionals reported having attempted suicide as compared with just 0.5 percent of civilians (Reviving Responders, 2015).

In law enforcement, the estimates suggest between 125 and 300 police officers commit suicide every year (Badge of Life, 2016).

First responders (policemen and firefighters) are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides and 140 police officer suicides. In contrast, 93 firefighters and 129 police officers died in the line of duty. Suicide is a result of mental illness, including depression and PTSD, which stems from constant exposure to death and destruction. In addition, the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance estimates that only 40% of firefighter suicides are reported (Ruderman Family Foundation, 2018).

A 2007 study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (2007) found that 24% of ICU nurses and 14% of general nurses tested positive for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Nurses Say Stress Interferes With Caring For Their Patients.

57.2 percent of emergency room nurses stated that dealing with the sudden death or resuscitation of a young patient is the top cause of their PTSD. 15.1 percent said that dealing with train and car crash victims was the worst, while 8.7% said it was physical trauma and burn patients (Parker, 2017).

Jumpline Coffee proudly donates 10% of proceeds directly to organizations that research and treat PTSD for first responders, medical staff and military. We are always looking for organizations that could use help. Some of the organizations that are on our current list include:

**Please consider donating directly**

References

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). First Responders: Behavioral Health Concerns, Emergency Response, and Trauma. Retrieved from             https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/dtac/supplementalresearchbulletin-firstresponders-may2018.pdf

Reviving Responders. (2015). Whats Killing Our Medics? Retrieved from http://www.revivingresponders.com/originalpaper

Badge of Life. (2016). A study of police suicide 2008–2016. Retrieved from http://www.policesuicidestudy.com

Ruderman Family Foundation. (2018). The Ruderman White Paper on Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders. Retrieved from https://rudermanfoundation.org/white_papers/police-officers-and-firefighters-are-more-likely-to-die-by-suicide-than-in-line-of-duty/

Department of Medicine, Emory University. (2007). Increased prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in critical care nurses. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17185650

Shane Parker, RN. (2017). Recognizing the Signs of PTSD in ED Nurses. Retrieved from https://www.shiftwizard.com/recognizing-signs-ptsd-ed-nurses/