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The Surprising Number of Fire Fighters Struggling With Alcohol Use

June 23, 2019

Over the course of an entire career, constant exposure to trauma can add up and become overwhelming for fire fighters and paramedics, resulting in various mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many fire fighters have trouble talking about their traumatic experiences and asking for help. In some cases, fire fighters slip into an […]

Supporting a Spouse With PTSD

June 21, 2019

Married life with a fire fighter or paramedic can be a challenge. Your spouse may miss family functions and work late during long shifts. Close calls and difficult moments come with the job. As the spouse of a fire fighter, you may be prepared for these situations, but maybe not the mental health issues, such […]

The Increase of Mental Health Support Programs

May 29, 2019

Behavioral Health Support Programs Behavioral health issues are not often discussed openly in the workplace in the United States, as the social stigma makes people reluctant to talk about mental health. The good news is that fire fighters are more frequently having important conversations about their behavioral health, in part because of increased access to […]

How to Help Others Understand Your Struggle

May 12, 2019

While significant strides have been made to normalize conversations around mental health in the fire service, some degree of stigma still exists. Unfortunately, stigma can be even more pervasive in the fire service. As a fire fighter or paramedic, you may feel like you’re expected to silently shoulder the weight of trauma, depression or anxiety. […]

Treating Invisible Wounds

April 12, 2019

Responsible for all inpatient care, developing the individualized plan of care for each member throughout their stay at the Center, Medical Director Dr. Abby Morris offers her perspective on helping the fire fighters and paramedics who put their lives on the line every day helping others. Fire fighters are intensely caring human beings, says Morris, […]

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