Mental Health is turning into a big topic in the Fire Service. Some people are embracing it so that they can better their lives and the lives of those around it. Some people don’t believe that many in the Fire Service are suffering from depression, PTSD and are at high risks of suicide.
There are SO MANY resources available to help, with any number of problems. From addiction and marital stress, to PTSD and depression.
Here’s a list of some resources available for mental and behavioral health.
Obviously, you should call 911 for any immediate issues. For issues that are severe but not immediate, please contact the chief and then contact the non emergency number for your local law enforcement station so that proper steps can be taken.
The national suicide prevention hotline. (you can call or text!)
Hotline for FIRE/EMS (from the website- they are 24/7 and ***first responders OR their family*** can call about issues like alcohol or drug addiction, depression, suicide prevention, stress or anxiety, critical incidents, PTSD, stress caused by financial management issues or legal problems, relationship issues, work-related concerns, or psychological issues)
First Responder Crisis Support Line
Here are some posts covering different aspects of Firefighter Health.
Realizing their could be a problem is the first step.
Learn the signs and actions you can implement to help your spouse.
Are you looking for solutions for your firefighter who doesn't want to talk about?
It helps to know that what Firefighters experience is common to those all around the world. Helpful insights and good advice for making the most of your health and your career.
Other Resources Worth Mentioning
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
Let us know
Do you have a story to share about mental or physical health in the Fire Service? Or do you have another organization to recommend? Reach out and email us at hello @firedeptfamily.com (sorry for the space! It removes the junk mail).