First responders, especially those without adequate support, are at heightened risk for experiencing adverse mental health outcomes. Workplace mental health interventions for first responders are becoming more common. However, systematic research within the field of communication has not typically informed the development of these workplace interventions. The current study conducted interviews with 26 first responders to examine the messages they receive about mental health from their organizations and how those messages affect their support-seeking decisions. Analysis of the interviews revealed that first responders receive inconsistent messages from their departments about whether to seek support for mental health-related problems, creating confusion and distrust.
Craw, E., & Miller-Day, M. (2023). The role of organizational messages about mental health in disclosure and support-seeking decisions among first responders: A qualitative investigation. Western Journal of Communication. https://doi.org10.1080/10570314.2023.2262429
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