Chapter 4: When you're concerned

Introduction

Work-related stress is a reality for those practicing paramedicine. Very often it can be addressed through conversation and various stress management techniques such as adequate sleep, down time, healthy eating, exercising, and socializing. Left unaddressed, work-related stress may eventually harm the paramedic and their family, friends, colleagues, and patients.

Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself unable to break through the walls the paramedic in your life has put up. After the initial signs of stress, warning signals that matters have escalated may appear. Should this be your experience, know there are actions you can take and resources you can access.

Paramedics usually appreciate when people notice they aren’t their usual selves. Often, families and friends are in a better position than the paramedic to know if there’s reason for concern. If you see “warning signs” then:

  • Say so.
  • Ask the person how they are.
  • Let them know that you’re concerned.