Saying Goodbye to Shame

February 19, 2020

According to the Journal of Occupational Health, approximately 20 percent of fire fighters and paramedics will experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their career.  Unfortunately for some, shame is a key component of the emotional and cognitive experience of this condition. This feeling of shame may be one of the biggest reasons […]

Losing a Brother or Sister to Suicide

February 17, 2020

If a fire fighter you care about has died by suicide, you may be struggling to understand or make sense of what happened while also coping with a range of intense emotions. Why Do People Kill Themselves? Mental health experts agree that people commit suicide primarily because of overwhelming and unbearable mental and emotional pain […]

Communicating After a Crisis

February 17, 2020

No amount of training can fully prepare fire fighters and paramedics for certain traumatic events. Direct exposure to the worst of human suffering is enough to shake anyone to their core. How can fire fighters process these experiences and protect themselves against the long-term effects of trauma? According to the Journal of Occupational Health, approximately […]

Your Department’s Role in Creating a Resilient Workforce

February 13, 2020

The fire service has evolved to identify behavioral health as an essential component of occupational health. Today, more than ever before, departments place greater emphasis on an individual’s responsibility to take care of their mental and emotional health. Likewise, what role does the organization play to support the behavioral health of its members?  Consider what […]

Removing Barriers to Treatment

February 7, 2020

The images of September 11, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Ariana Grande concert bombing, the Pulse nightclub shooting or the Grenfell Tower fire are disturbing and upsetting for most people. But for fire fighters and paramedics whose job it is to respond to these events — these images can be recurrent and unrelenting, causing serious […]

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