Crisis Awareness and Self-Care for First Responders

February 23, 2023 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

When you think of first responders, you likely think of police officers, fire fighters or health care professionals. However, as communicators, we often find ourselves on the front line in crisis situations. This is not only stressful, but can put your physical or mental health at risk. Many of the issues affecting emergency management personnel can equally impact us as communicators.

PRSA’s Public Affairs & Government Section (PAG) proudly welcomes Steven M. Click (“Clicker”), Director of the Ohio Office of First Responder Wellness, Ohio Department of Public Safety, to discuss this important issue. A retired Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer, he understands first-hand the need to know the physical and emotional signs that you, a loved one or a colleague may be in crisis, as well as the need to take care of yourself and others.

This program will provide participants examples of physical and emotional signs that a co-worker, family member, friend or the employee themselves may be in crisis after a traumatic event. It will also re-enforce the concepts of self-care and the importance for first responders to care for themselves in order to be able to better serve their agencies and communities. 

Post-program Q&A will be facilitated by Debra Walker, Director of Public Affairs, Missouri Department of Mental Health.

PAG recognizes the importance of elevating conversations around mental health, self- and community care, particularly as it pertains to covering difficult and potentially traumatic stories and situations. Therefore, this program is free to all PRSA members. Paid registration for nonmembers includes the live webinar and video playback for one month.

Speaker: Steven M. Click “Clicker,” Director, Ohio Office of First Responders, Ohio Department of Public Safety (retired Ohio State Highway Patrol officer)

Moderator: Debra Walker, Director of Public Affairs, Missouri Department of Mental Health

Accreditation Information

Participants with the APR credential earn 0.5 CEUs for a webinar.




Crisis & Reputation, Live Online, Public Affairs and Government, Webinar