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Emergency medical service (EMS) workers are three times more at risk. Pixabay

Emergency medical service (EMS) workers are three times more at risk of mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to the general population, according to a new study. The findings showed that each day EMS workers experience a diverse array of occupational stressors — routine work demands, critical incidents involving serious harm or death, and social conflicts.

“Each additional work demand or critical event that an EMS worker encountered on a given workday was associated with a 5 percent increase in their PTSD symptom severity levels that day, while each social conflict was associated with a 12 percent increase in their depression symptom severity levels,” said lead researcher Bryce Hruska, Assistant Professor of public health at the Syracuse University in New York, US.


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“Together, these occupational stressors negatively impacted mental health each day that they occurred,” Hruska added.


The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the significant mental health burden. Pixabay

Exercising, socializing with other people, and finding meaning in a given day’s challenges can help reduce mental health symptoms for EMS workers, revealed the study published by the Journal of Affective Disorders. “These activities had a beneficial impact on mental health; each additional recovery activity in which a worker engaged was associated with a 5 percent decrease in their depression symptom severity levels that day,” Hruska said.

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The researchers surveyed EMS workers at American Medical Response in Syracuse, for eight consecutive days in 2019 to better understand their mental health symptoms related to daily occupational stressors.

EMS workers who looked for lessons to learn from the day’s challenges had a 3 percent decrease in their daily depression symptoms, the results showed. The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the significant mental health burden experienced by EMS workers. Increasing interaction with family, friends, and co-workers, recognizing conflicts as an opportunity for learning, relaxing after a particularly demanding shift may help in alleviating the stress, the researchers said. (IANS/SP)


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Rihanna was then summoned from her seat to accept the honor, with the Prime Minister managing to rouse a laugh from the singer when she referenced her 2012 hit 'Diamonds', reports femalefirst.co.uk. She added: "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados." "And to accept on behalf of a grateful nation - you can come my dear - ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation." Rihanna, who was born in the St Michael parish of Barbados, found fame in 2005 after being spotted by a record producer and has since gone on to become one of the most successful female artists of all time with sales of over 250 million and recently reached billionaire status through her Fenty beauty brand.

The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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