The Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act will develop peer mental health training programs and resources to educate mental health professionals about the needs of first responders.
Mark Goodman advances the concept of imminent stress and another way to conceptualize the stressors affecting firefighters and first responders.
Choosing a career as a first responder is indubitably honorable and selfless, but it can also ruin every good thing in our lives if we fail to fully understand it. Brett Snow on how his faith helped him overcome personal obstacles.
Chesapeake (VA) Fire Department Captain Chris Moore returns with more on his experiences dealing with and seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Michael Lanning looks at the stigma associated with discussing mental health issues in the fire service and the value of firefighter peer support.
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.