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‘There’s Been a Stigma for Years’: K9s Help First Responders with Mental Health

First responders have an increased risk for developing PTSD, anxiety and depression. A program in Iowa is working to combat this.

First responders have one of the most stressful and important jobs: helping people during emergencies.

One study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows first responders have an increased risk for developing PTSD, anxiety and depression.

A program in Iowa is working to combat this — by connecting first responders with dogs.

“First responders, you know, law enforcement, firefighters, EMT, paramedics, all experience traumatic incidents on the daily,” Johnson County Detective Sgt. Alissa Schuerer said.

Read more at KCRG

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