Main Session #2- Saving Your Own Life: Confessions of a Clinically Depressed Responder

  • Main Conference Hall

Kelly Grayson, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P

 Depression, PTSD, mental illness. We deal with their effects every day. They’re the patients that often challenge our skills and our sense of compassion the most. We dislike dealing with them so much that we often ignore those symptoms in ourselves until it drives us from the career we once loved, or we read the obituaries of our brothers for whom help came too late. Join Kelly Grayson as he describes his battle with depression, and explores strategies for recognizing and dealing with those issues in ourselves. It’s time to erase the stigma of provider mental illness, because even the healers need healing now and then.

Kelly Grayson, is a critical care paramedic in Louisiana. He has spent the past 18 years as a field paramedic, critical care transport paramedic, field supervisor and educator. He is a former president of the Louisiana EMS Instructor Society and board member of the LA Association of Nationally Registered EMTs.

He is a frequent EMS conference speaker and contributor to various EMS training texts, and is the author of the popular blog A Day In the Life of an Ambulance Driver. The paperback version of Kelly's book is available at booksellers nationwide. You can follow him on Twitter (@AmboDriver) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/theambulancedriverfiles), or email him at kelly.grayson@ems1.com.