MedStar Hosting "Riding for Life" Event to Bring Awareness to First Responder Stress and Suicide


"First responders are heroes who run towards danger every day in order to save the lives of others. They are also human beings, and their work exerts a toll on their mental health."

Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation 


According to a recently released study, by the Ruderman Foundation, in 2017, there were at least 140 police officer suicides, 103 firefighter suicides and 17 suicides of emergency medical technicians. 


According to a study published the September 2018 issue of the Journal of Pre-hospital Emergency Care, the proportion of deaths attributed to suicide among EMTs was 5.2% while the percentage among non-EMTs was 2.2%


To bring awareness of this growing issue - MedStar is hosting a motorcycle ride on 9/15 to bring awareness to the impact of stress on our First Responder community…


Representatives from the Code Green Campaign and will be joining us!


Destination and route have been updated – and, there is a great back story about the Back Porch Sports Grill in Glen Rose we’ll share during the event – they are bringing in extra staff and having them come in early for us!


https://www.facebook.com/Backporchsportsgrill/


Here is a direct RSVP link for the event:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medstars-riding-for-life-tickets-49120956102 



A recent USA Today story on First Responder suicide:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/11/officers-firefighters-suicides-study/503735002/