Citizen Responder Mental Health Resources
How are you feeling?
If you find yourself feeling “off” in any way after participating in a cardiac arrest event, this is not abnormal. Multiple physical and emotional effects are possible after responding and can include but are not limited to:
- Physical effects: appetite issues, trouble sleeping, tiredness, sickness
- Emotional effects: loneliness, confusion, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, flashbacks, withdrawal, nightmares, intensely emotional
Coping with a traumatic event (CDC)
Explanation of trauma, common responses to trauma, and coping strategies from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Coping with a traumatic event (NIMH)
Overview of trauma, common physical and mental symptoms, coping strategies, and additional resources for finding support from the United States National Institute on Mental Health.
Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line is its own organization where the user texts HOME to 741741 when in distress. They are responded to by a volunteer crisis counselor and are met with appropriate resources.
SAMHSA Treatment Services Locator
A service provided by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that allows the user to type in their zip code and locate mental health care services near them.
The 988 Suicide/Crisis hotline is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more specifically SAMHSA, and allows its users to either text or call the number 988 to receive support in a time of mental health crisis.
Good Samaritan Laws
The purpose of the Good Samaritan Law is to protect individuals that assist a victim during a medical emergency. Most Good Samaritan laws are created specifically for the general public. The law assumes that there is no medically trained person available to assist the victim. Since the Good Samaritan typically does not have medical training, the law protects him or her from being liable from injury or death caused to the victim during a medical emergency. A general layperson is protected under the Good Samaritan laws as long as he or she has good intentions to aid the victim to the best of his or her ability during a medical emergency. Since each state law has specific guidelines, and this text does not provide a worldwide view of this matter, you should familiarize yourself with the laws or acts applicable to you. A typical example of the wording appears below.
“…a person, who, in good faith, lends emergency care or assistance without compensation at the place of an emergency or accident, and who was acting as a reasonable and prudent person would have acted under the circumstances present at the scene at the time the services were rendered, shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions performed in good faith.”
Reach out to us
The foundation would love to hear from you. We invite you to share your story or PulsePoint experience. If you are a responder, we would love to recognize you with a challenge coin to express our appreciation!
The foundation makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this page, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents and use of these resources.