Your life matters more than you know, and our lives are NOT better without you in it. Paul Combs and Sarah Gura on firefighters and suicide.
Michael Lanning looks at the stigma associated with discussing mental health issues in the fire service and the value of firefighter peer support.
Danny Nicholson looks at the need to train firefighters to call a "Mental Mayday" when critical stress begins to mount.
Although the call to action on firefighter suicide is vital, it is worth considering whether the rate is actually rising to the extent put forth in the media.
Two Lakewood firefighters have created the Fire Peer Support initiative to address firefighter suicides.
Through public education and social support, we can create a culture among firefighters that is more understanding of suicide.
David Brasells presents and explains the reasons he believes that community risk reduction could help first responders to counteract the factors that contribute to job-related stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide.
Todd J. LeDuc writes, "So, do not wait to be swept up by a 'rising tide.' Take actions now to protect your and your colleagues' behavioral health."
Dena Ali discusses research related to firefighting that shows the conditions that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and attempted suicide and the interventions that possibly could promote post-traumatic growth and build resilience in firefighters.
The author examines the reasons and mind frame most commonly involved in firefighter suicides and the effectiveness of peer support as a protective factor.