Behavioral Health 101

Behavioral Health 101

By The VFIS Team on December 22, 2021

We’re answering 3 common questions about behavioral health to help you better understand this complex concern.

1. What is behavioral health?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the term behavioral health relates to the “promotion of mental health, resilience and wellbeing, the treatment of mental and substance use disorders, and the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities.”

2. Why is it important for emergency service organizations to focus on behavioral health?

The SAMHSA estimates that 30% of first responders develop behavioral health conditions including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—which is about 10% higher than the general population.

3. What resources can I use to learn more about behavioral health and help address these concerns in my organization? has a large library of behavioral health resources designed specifically for fire departments, EMS agencies and communication centers, including:

Emergency Responder Suicide: Risks, Stats and Tips

The VFIS Team

VFIS is the largest provider of insurance, education and consulting services for fire departments, ambulance and rescue squads and 911 centers in North America, having pioneered the first tailored insurance package for this industry in 1969.


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