Now is the time for firefighters to cultivate good habits to help relieve occupational stress, says Todd LeDuc.
Some fire chiefs may think sharing their challenges may present vulnerability. But leadership must help eradicate the stigma associated with addressing mental health issues in the fire service.
Danny Nicholson looks at the need to train firefighters to call a "Mental Mayday" when critical stress begins to mount.
Host Mark Lamplugh talks with guests Ed and Joanne Rupert from First Responder Trauma Counselors, who discuss their peer support training certification.
Ali Rothrock proposes that firefighters train on ways to recognize when their health and well-being are being adversely affected by the traumatic events they witness.
Brian F. McQueen writes that we must educate our firefighters about the post-traumatic stress that is related to an occupational cancer diagnosis.
"No one ever tells us what can happen to your firefighter the longer he is with the department. “They” don’t tell you what their spouses see and deal with; how it affects them and the family. Who wants to admit there are problems at home?" writes Lori A. Moore.
In this week's Humpday Hangout, join Dan DeGryse and the rest of the panel as they discuss the necessity and struggle of balancing work with life and effective self-care.