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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can take a toll on the life of a fire fighter or paramedic, leaving their friends and family to pick up the pieces. If you’re an IAFF member battling a mental health disorder, the road to recovery can begin with a single phone call. The IAFF Center of Excellence offers a 24-hour hotline that IAFF members and their loved ones can call to learn more about available help for PTSD and related conditions.
This hotline is staffed with professionals who understand the struggles of being a fire fighter or paramedic, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicide and substance use disorder. With 24-hour access, this helpline is available whenever you need to talk to someone, regardless of the time of day.
The simple answer is “whenever you would like.” The IAFF hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions you have about yourself or a loved one. You can also discuss the first steps in receiving treatment.
Yes. The IAFF Center of Excellence’s hotline abides by HIPAA privacy guidelines. Therefore, all calls are 100 percent confidential. No information that you share will be disclosed to your family, friends, employer or colleagues unless you give us permission to do so. If you call on behalf of an IAFF member, we will not contact them unless you explicitly ask us to.
Absolutely. At the IAFF Center of Excellence, we understand the gravity of mental health problems. When it comes to getting help, time is of the essence. That’s why IAFF members can enroll in a treatment program as soon as they call, contingent on insurance acceptance and other factors.
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