As a conclusion, revisit the main points of the training and the responses participants gave to the question about their expectations. This would be a good way to emphasise what was achieved and what was learnt.

  • First responders are a vulnerable group – demonstrated by testimonies and data.
  • First responders’ exposure to traumatic events coupled with aggravating factors may lead to mental health complications.
  • First responders do not always pursue or look for treatment due to specific challenges – cultural barriers, lack of awareness, pragmatic barriers.
  • We should know how to recognize the symptoms of a mental health complications and voice our concerns about them.
  • We should provide a supporting environment for first responders by means of community engagement (friends and family, at the workplace, the individual themselves) and public policy (better mental health services and wider deployment of stress management tools).
  • Focused on EMDR therapy as an example of therapy which can help overcome mental health complications.