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Here for My Peer: The Future of First Responder Mental Health

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University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
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Academic Editors: Sara L. Tamers, Lewis Casey Chosewood and Jessica Streit
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(21), 11097; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111097
Received: 3 September 2021 / Revised: 5 October 2021 / Accepted: 13 October 2021 / Published: 22 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Worker Safety, Health, and Well-Being in the USA)
Workplace interventions that leverage social tactics to improve health and well-being are becoming more common. As an example, peer mental health support interventions aim to reduce stigma and promote treatment seeking in first responder populations. Given the social nature of these interventions, it is important to consider how the preexisting social context influences intervention outcomes. A peer mental health support intervention was delivered among first responders, and self-efficacy and intention to have supportive peer conversations were measured pre-and post-intervention. Trust in peers was measured prior to the intervention. Results suggest a floor effect may exist for self-efficacy, in which a foundational level of trust and pre-intervention self-efficacy may be needed to maximize intervention effectiveness. As the future of work brings complex safety and health challenges, collaborative solutions that engage multiple stakeholders (employees, their peers, and their organization) will be needed. This study suggests that more frequent attention to pre-existing intervention context, particularly social context in peer-focused intervention, will enhance intervention outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer support; mental health; first responders; process evaluation peer support; mental health; first responders; process evaluation
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Horan, K.A.; Marks, M.; Ruiz, J.; Bowers, C.; Cunningham, A. Here for My Peer: The Future of First Responder Mental Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11097. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111097

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Horan KA, Marks M, Ruiz J, Bowers C, Cunningham A. Here for My Peer: The Future of First Responder Mental Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(21):11097. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111097

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Horan, Kristin A., Madeline Marks, Jessica Ruiz, Clint Bowers, and Annelise Cunningham. 2021. "Here for My Peer: The Future of First Responder Mental Health" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 21: 11097. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111097

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