Mental Health Trauma and Resiliency in EMS: An Evolving Crisis

Dillon, CO US
November 5, 2021

Mental Health Trauma and Resiliency in EMS: An Evolving Crisis is a day of live learning offered as part of the 49th Annual Colorado State EMS Conference. This conference continues to build on its impressive tradition of superb EMS education in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This is the premier event where EMS professionals, agency managers and administrators, EMS instructors, medical directors and allied professionals learn about trends and techniques that enhance patient care and agency operations. 

A strong link is known to exist between high levels of chronic, critical incident stress and PTSD, depression, and drug or alcohol use. It is not surprising, then, that EMS professionals suffer a published risk of depression more than 6-7 times the national average and a more than doubled incidence of PTSD. Even more frighteningly, those serving in the prehospital field commit suicide at 12-15 times the national average. 

While mental health has long been a smoldering catastrophe for EMS professionals, the past year has accelerated the urgency with which the EMS community must address this ongoing mental health crisis within the profession. EMS Medical Directors and agency leaders must gain a better understanding of the impact of this crisis, how to recognize early signs of mental health trauma, and how to help providers in crisis before these frontline care providers become another statistic.



Target Audience

The target audience for this activity includes physicians, EMS providers and managers. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to: 

  • Understand the impact of mental health on EMS provider wellbeing and practice capability.
  • Recognize mental trauma injuries in EMS/Field providers.
  • Develop a best-practice approach to assisting an EMS professional suffering from mental trauma.
  • Partner with Statewide EMS leaders to unify and advance the approach to EMS provider mental health.

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
For questions or concerns, contact Ms. Jade Freeman at in advance of the conference.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 7.00 Attendance
  • 7.00 Colorado State EMS
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/05/2021 - 9:00am MDT
Event ends: 
11/05/2021 - 4:00pm MDT

Friday, November 5th

8:55amRegistration & Opening Remarks
A Personal Journey Through Mental Trauma

Presented by: Melissa Verseman, C-NPT

9:45amRecognition of the Mentally Traumatized Front Line Provider

Presented by: Laura McGladrey, PMHNP, FNP, MSN, RN, FAWM
10:30amPanel Discussion: Best Practices for Preparing for and Treating Mental Trauma in Front Line Providers

Presented by: Ann Rush Crampton, PhD, James McLaughlin, BS, NRP, Melody Messmer, BS & Robert Mines, PhD
12:00pmLunch Break
1:00pmRound Table Discussion
4:00pmEvaluation Overview & Adjourn

*Schedule subject to change. 




Keystone Conference Center
633 Tennis Club Rd
Dillon, CO 80435
United States

Mental Health Trauma and Resiliency in EMS: An Evolving Crisis is a day of live learning offered as part of the 49th Annual Colorado State EMS Conference being held from Thursday, November 4th - Sunday, November 7th at the Keystone Conference Center in Dillon, CO. 




Ann Rush Crampton, PhD
Co-Founder Mental Wellness/Readiness Education and Resource Development
Status: Code 4, Inc. (SC4i)
Colorado Springs, CO

James McGalaughlin, BS, NRP
Community Paramedic Director
Ute Pass Regional Health Service District
Woodland Park, CO

Laura McGladrey, PMHNP, FNP, MSN, RN, FAWM
University of Colorado
College of Nursing, Faculty
School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Department of Emergency Medicine
Denver, CO

Melody Messmer, BS
Paramedic, Firefighter
Founder, CEO NCPSS

Robert Mines, PhD
Chairman, Chief Psychology Officer and Psychologist
MINES and Associates
Littleton, CO

Melissa Verseman, C-NPT
Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Flight Paramedic
Children's Hospital Colorado
Denver, CO




The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the activity.

  • No financial relationships 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Note: A general certificate of attendance will be available after the completion of the online evaluation.  Claim only credit commensurate of your conference attendance.

Available Credit

  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 7.00 Attendance
  • 7.00 Colorado State EMS


Please login or register to take this course.

Upon completion of your registration process, you will receive a confirmation email.

Once you register for the course, there is nothing further to do until the day of the conference. On the morning of November 5th, please arrive at the Keystone Conference Center before the start of the activity. During the event, you will be instructed to sign-in and given further information on how to complete the activity and obtain your continuing education credits.