July Community Education Webinars Address Suicide & Trauma in the Fire Service

Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff

July 14, 2021

Two vital presentations addressing suicide and occupational trauma among fire fighters return in July, part of the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery webinar series. Community education webinars are free, open to the public and hosted through Zoom.

Suicide in the Fire Service

This presentation on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EST), will address the issue of suicide in the fire service. Attendees will learn about the prevalence of suicide on a national level and implications for the first responder community. Molly Jones, LSW will discuss theories of suicide, risk and protective factors of suicide for fire service members and barriers to accessing treatment.

Attendees will learn how to identify warning signs for suicide and the basics of assessment to better help themselves and their peers. This presentation will seek to empower attendees to ask appropriate questions if they are concerned about suicide in a peer and how to best intervene.

This presentation is ideal for IAFF members (active and retired), clinicians, fire service leadership, peer support team members, chaplains, spouses and other individuals who may be seeking to learn more about suicide in the fire service and ways they can contribute to prevention efforts.

Trauma in the Fire Service

This webinar on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. (EST), will take a comprehensive look at occupational trauma in the fire service. It is intended for fire service professionals. Mental health clinicians who seek a deeper understanding of fire service culture and its clinical implications will benefit as well. IAFF Behavioral Health Specialist Lauren Kosc, LCPC will deliver this webinar and cover the following topics: 

  • Data on post-traumatic stress (PTS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related behavioral health problems in the fire service
  • Unique aspects of trauma among fire service personnel
  • The role of peer support in addressing trauma
  • Evidence-based treatment for PTSD
  • How PTSD is treated at the IAFF Center of Excellence

Trauma-related IAFF behavioral health resources and relevant programming at the upcoming 2021 Redmond Health and Safety Symposium and Barbera EMS Conference will also be covered. An update on PTSD presumptive legislation will also be provided.

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