COVID-19: Impact on Behavioral Health

March 20, 2020

  As a result of a routine interaction with medically compromised adults in both community and healthcare settings, fire and EMS personnel are at increased risk for exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the IAFF coronavirus resource for important information and updates. It is common for the family, friends and coworkers of high-risk individuals to feel on […]

What Can You Do to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety?

March 20, 2020

During a disease outbreak or pandemic, it’s normal to have some anxiety about contracting the virus. Whether you are in high-risk group, concerned about a loved one’s health or worried about your own exposure, your feelings are valid. However, if fear of COVID-19 is causing you significant anxiety or consuming most of your energy, these […]

Repairing Relationships After Returning Home From Treatment

March 17, 2020

Addiction can damage relationships with family, friends and coworkers. Given this reality, life after treatment often includes efforts to repair damaged relationships. For fire fighters, this includes relationships with family and close friends – and with their crew. How to Repair Relationships in Recovery Repairing relationships in recovery requires effort on your part. It’s helpful […]

PTSD in the Fire Service: Tackling Myths

March 5, 2020

As awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to increase, let’s take a moment to break down some common myths about PTSD in the fire service. 1. Myth: PTSD is just part of the job. Truth: PTSD is not a standard component of the job but a diagnosable and treatable mental health condition. While it’s […]

Coronavirus: Coping With Quarantine

March 4, 2020

Fire Fighters Quarantined With Coronavirus Exposure Currently, there are 37 IAFF members from Washington state exposed to the coronavirus that have been subsequently quarantined. These members had responded to a series of calls at a local nursing home, where the first U.S. death from the coronavirus occurred. Members learned after the fact that patients treated […]

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