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Life After PTSD

February 5, 2018

Trauma can disrupt nearly every aspect of your life. Whether you’ve already undergone treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or are considering reaching out for help, it’s important to remember that the work of recovery isn’t over once you’ve completed a PTSD program. Fortunately, there are steps you can take after treatment to continue coping […]

10 Ways to Beat Addiction

January 31, 2018

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 23.5 million Americans are addicted to drugs and alcohol. While rates of addiction among fire fighters and paramedics are unknown, we do know that this population of first responders is uniquely susceptible to using substances to cope with the stressful and demanding nature […]

5 Ways to Talk About Mental Health in the Firehouse

January 29, 2018

As a fire fighter or paramedic, the pressures of the job and the constant exposure to trauma can slowly corrode your mental health and that of your entire crew. Many of the problems within the firehouse, such as a negative attitude or showing up late for a shift, can stem from internal struggles hidden inside. […]

The First (and Hardest) Step to Getting Help

January 25, 2018

Being a fire fighter or paramedic means putting others first, whether it’s a fire, a car accident or any other emergency. When events like these occur, people call 911 to ask for your help. But what if you’re the one who needs help? What if you’re in a personal crisis that a 911 call can’t […]

You Are Not Alone in Your Struggles

January 22, 2018

Substance use and mental health problems are difficult for anyone to deal with, but they can be especially tough as an IAFF member. Because you spend your days rescuing others, you may feel as if the world expects you to always be tough. To let your trauma roll off your shoulders, deal with your problems […]

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