Army Reserve paratrooper helps raise awareness of PTSD, suicide
During a lunch break while sitting in her car, Bell, a single mother of a 15-month old daughter, turned to Facebook to learn more about "Scattering CJ." CJ Twomey, a former member of the Air Force from Maine, committed suicide in April 2010.
Supporting First Responders to Children's Trauma
As the reports from the tragic school shooting in Newton, Conn., poured in, I listened non-stop and like others, tried to make sense of a senseless act of cruelty and horror. I was relieved to learn that my young nieces in Newtown were safe. I was devastated for those who lost their loved ones. As a first responder in the field of child abuse for over two decades, my heart also went out to those police, EMT's, teachers, firemen and medical personnel who had to deal with the horrific murder scene of innocent children and adults, their grieving families and the panicked surviving students. Later that evening, the news reported that those first responders were also receiving counseling services. I was relieved; the psychological and emotional impact of trauma on the "first responders" should never be under-estimated.
Can I Have a Witness?
As they gather evidence, they quickly ask, “Are there any witnesses? Did anyone see what happened?”
5 Lists Firefighters Must Follow To Reduce Heart-Attack Deaths
Cardiac-related incidents remain a leading cause of firefighter death and injury. Here are 10 things all firefighters can do in five key areas to improve their heart health.
Mitigating Stress in a Chaotic Career
All firefighters can identify a reason that sparked their initial passion for becoming a firefighter—to serve their community, to save people, to work as part of a team, to become part of the station house brotherhood or something else. That reason turns into a passion that supersedes any fear of danger or job-related stress.