See other bills
under the
same topic
PRINTER'S NO. 2001
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
127
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY KIRKLAND, HILL-EVANS, SANCHEZ, LONGIETTI, HOWARD,
SCHLOSSBERG, RYAN, HOHENSTEIN, NEILSON, GAYDOS, PASHINSKI,
DRISCOLL, GALLOWAY, SCHLEGEL CULVER, CIRESI, WEBSTER, O'MARA,
YOUNG, DEASY, SCHWEYER AND SAINATO, AUGUST 5, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS, AUGUST 5, 2021
A RESOLUTION
Designating May 7, 2021, as "First Responders Mental Health
Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Historically, traumatic stress and post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD) have been conditions associated with
those who have experienced combat or been in the military; and
WHEREAS, Recently, there has been mounting evidence that
first responders also experience these conditions at alarming
rates; and
WHEREAS, First responders have an "invisible" integrity that
they believe differentiates them from the general public; and
WHEREAS, There is ample evidence to suggest that many first
responders deny or resist seeking mental health care due to the
longstanding stigmatization of mental health disorders; and
WHEREAS, For many first responders, there is an underlying
fear of being subjected to ridicule, prejudice, discrimination
and labeling if they seek mental health care; and
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
WHEREAS, Development of PTSD in police officers varies widely
depending on daily duties, including whether they have used
their firearm in the line of duty and the crime rate of the
location where they serve; and
WHEREAS, Some studies estimate that approximately 15% to 18%
of police officers suffer from PTSD; and
WHEREAS, The prevalence of PTSD among firefighters has been
estimated at 20%, possibly higher for volunteer firefighters;
and
WHEREAS, Emergency medical first responders are called to the
scene of gruesome car accidents, homicides and other accidents
and often witness death firsthand; and
WHEREAS, Studies estimate that PTSD rates may be as high as
20% for emergency medical first responders; and
WHEREAS, As public officials, we have a responsibility to
make this epidemic a mental health priority; and
WHEREAS, It is important to promote hotlines that help first
responders deal with their mental health disorders; and
WHEREAS, Safe Call Now, at 1-206-459-3020, is a confidential
helpline staffed by first responders for first responders and
their families to assist them with mental health, substance
abuse and other personal issues; and
WHEREAS, Copline, at 1-800-267-5463, is a confidential
helpline for members of law enforcement; and
WHEREAS, Frontline Helpline, at 1-866-676-7500, is a
confidential helpline for first responders that is staffed by
first responders; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate May 7,
2021, as "First Responders Mental Health Awareness Day" in
Pennsylvania; and be it further
20210HR0127PN2001 - 2 -
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
RESOLVED, That the Commonwealth continue its efforts to
provide information to members of law enforcement and other
first responders on mental health care resources available to
them.
20210HR0127PN2001 - 3 -
1
2
3
4