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Another Shooting: Talking to Your Kids About Loss of Life

August 1, 2019

The nation watched in horror as yet another multiple-fatality shooting unfolded on July 28, 2019, claiming the lives of an innocent man and two children in Gilroy, California. Local first responders, including members of Gilroy Local 2805 responded swiftly to secure the scene and provide lifesaving medical care.  If you are both a fire fighter […]

Why It’s OK to Take a Day Off for Behavioral Health

July 25, 2019

No matter how much you love your job, sometimes you need a break. You can, of course, request a vacation day. But in the fire service, sometimes it’s difficult to schedule a day off. You shouldn’t feel guilty for needing an extra day for your behavioral health. It’s important to take care of yourself if […]

Satisfaction and Sacrifice: The Fire Fighter Life

July 23, 2019

In the article, “Fire fighters are the Happiest Workers in America,” published July 17, 2019, BNN Bloomberg reported that fire fighters have the highest level of job satisfaction compared to other occupations.  While the concepts of happiness and satisfaction are sometimes used interchangeably, behavioral health experts would argue these are two truly different experiences. Dr. […]

How Mental Health Stigma Impacts the Fire Service

July 22, 2019

Around the globe, mental health needs are being recognized and addressed. In the fire service specifically, great strides have been made regarding mental and behavioral health awareness. Elected officials are expressing a greater sense of urgency for services dedicated to the fire and first responder community. The barriers to treatment that were once in place […]

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 […]

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