As of 2017, only 3-5% of departments 3 offer counseling or time off to those in need. Yet, even if support was available, some first responders may be hesitant to seek such help due to personal or societal expectations.
Guided VR leverages research on distraction, mindfulness, and environmental psychology to provide an evidence-informed stress and anxiety solution. Consequently, Guided VR isn’t a replacement for therapy, but it can provide an immediate and immersive technology option, which also happens to be portable, easy to use, and cost-effective.
We need to do more to help those who help us. The status quo isn’t enough. Commit to trying something new.