When I Knew I Needed Help | IAFF Center of Excellence

July 16, 2018

Being a fire fighter or paramedic isn’t easy. While some days are filled with triumph, others hang heavy with the weight of trauma. Between the ups and the downs, it can be difficult to stay mentally balanced. As a result, many in the profession develop mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety […]

Families of Fire Fighters in Recovery: What You Need to Know | IAFF Center of Excellence

July 13, 2018

Families of Fire Fighters in Recovery: What You Need to Know  It may come as no surprise that the fire fighter you’re close to struggles with behavioral health issues. After all, they spend most of their time saving others from tragedy. The burden of rescuing others is a heavy one to bear, especially when compounded […]

It’s Okay to Be Human

July 11, 2018

Service men and women are often looked up to as courageous members of their communities. But this expectation can contribute to the stigma that prevents fire fighters from acknowledging a mental illness problem or seeking help for fear it will make them appear weak or damage their reputation.   As a fire fighter or paramedic, […]

What’s Standing Between You and Recovery

July 9, 2018

As with anything worth doing, beginning the recovery process can be difficult. Whether you struggle with a substance use disorder or a mental health condition, any number of barriers can prevent you from getting the treatment you need. By identifying and understanding the beliefs, thoughts, feelings and practical concerns that stand between you and your […]

Starting Recovery | IAFF Center of Excellence

July 6, 2018

Firefighting is an emotionally and physically taxing job. While some fire fighters find healthy ways to manage the unique stressors of their careers, others may have a harder time coping. Even the most vigilant can develop behavioral health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and addiction in the wake of tragedy and trauma. If […]


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