Addressing Your Anger

December 22, 2019

At its core, anger is one of the most primal survival responses in human beings. It’s no wonder that it’s so closely tied to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events are often life-threatening. Experiencing trauma can leave you feeling vulnerable. Anger may serve as a way to cope and maintain some sense of […]

Five Signs That Stigma Is Subsiding in the Fire Service in 2019

December 20, 2019

While occupational health programs in the fire service have historically focused on cancer, heart disease and musculoskeletal injury, the risks of behavioral health problems have been long ignored. This disconnect has led to a deeply ingrained stigma that has thrived in the profession for many people. If you are struggling emotionally to cope with the […]

Greensboro Local 947: Providing Peer Support to Fire Fighters

December 18, 2019

A 20-year veteran fire fighter, Greensboro, NC Local 947 member and peer support instructor, Justin Price understands the unique behavioral health needs of IAFF members. A captain in the busiest station in Greensboro, Price has encountered many difficult and traumatic calls alongside his IAFF brothers and sisters. But instead of keeping his emotional experiences to […]

‘Tis the Season: 5 Must-Dos to Stay Sober This Holiday

December 8, 2019

During the holiday season, Christmas tree fires, impaired drivers and large public gatherings are just some of the threats to public safety that fire fighters and paramedics encounter.  If you’re a fire fighter or paramedic in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you face the additional challenge of maintaining your wellness and sobriety during the […]

Can Members in Recovery Help Others?

December 5, 2019

If you consider yourself in recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder, you may be interested in using your recovery experience to serve others who are struggling. As a fire fighter or emergency medical personnel in recovery, you have a valuable perspective that may benefit others. Not only do you understand the stressors […]

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