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"States Address Mental Health of Public Health Workforce and First Responders"

This article comes from The Council of State Governments

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a heavy toll on the mental health of many people living in the U.S., but perhaps none more so than those who have been on the frontlines of protecting the public’s health—first responders, law enforcement officers and the nation’s health care workforce.
A 2021 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the overall prevalence of mental health conditions among public health workers was higher than among the general population. The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms was 10 to 20 percent higher than previously reported for these individuals after months of traumatic and stressful pandemic work experiences.



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