Mental Health and Wellness Caucus

IAEM USA Mental Health and Wellness Caucus

Caucus Chair 
David Barber

Vice Chair
Scott Carpenter

Board Liaison
Carrie Speranza, IAEM-USA 1st Vice President


Staff Liaison
Lexi Baird, lexi@iaem.com

IAEM members interested in participating in this caucus should email the caucus staff liaison and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this caucus's important work.

Vision Statement

Our vision is of a profession that prioritizes mental health and wellness in all aspects of the emergency management and response community.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring mental health and wellness to the forefront of the emergency management and response community, provide a platform where issues are openly addressed, become a critical part of overall emergency management culture, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues impacting individuals, professionals, and organizations.


The goals of this Caucus are to support the emergency management and response community by:

  • Encouraging, advocating for, and accepting open conversations about mental health and wellness.
  • Promoting mental health and wellness resources.
  • Sharing mental health awareness messaging and mechanisms to encourage people to seek support.
  • Recommending resources and techniques for individuals who are seeking to normalize mental health and wellness within their organizations.


Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988
Disaster Distress Helpline: Call or Text 1-800-985-5990; DisasterDistress@samhsa.gov
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273=8255, Press Option 1




IAEM Annual Conference

IAEM Annual Conference Caucus Posters