Preparing Collegiate EMS to be First Responders for Mental Health Emergencies
Maggie M. Garcia, Hannah Jayne Lindenman
University of Dayton Emergency Medical Services (UD EMS) is a student-run collegiate EMS organization comprised of around 60 full-time undergraduate students who volunteer to provide 24/7 prehospital care to their campus community as nationally and Ohio certified Emergency Medical Technicians. In January 2022, UD EMS experienced its highest volume of mental health-related calls in the organization’s history. Additionally, according to Riaz et. al, (2021), with the rapid expansion of collegiate EMS programs, there remains “a lack of research and evidence-based guidelines surrounding how we, [in collegiate ems] can best serve college students in need of behavioral health services.” With the increased incidence of mental health emergencies in our own campus community and in collegiate EMS as a whole, we will be exploring the prevalence of these behavioral health calls and summarize current research on how to improve protocols for responding to mental health calls. The purpose of this poster is to present these findings and recommendations related to improving current protocols for responding to mental health emergencies within collegiate EMS.
Kathleen C. Scheltens
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Good Health and Well-Being
"Preparing Collegiate EMS to be First Responders for Mental Health Emergencies" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2585.