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Helping First Responders Release Their Pain

Helping First Responders Release Their Pain

Admin for Disaster Resource Guide

According to Global News, at least four Canadian first responders have committed suicide since the beginning of this year. The data comes from the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, an organization which also reports 34 first responders have killed themselves since April 29, 2014.

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Thin Red Line

Thin Red Line

Chris Harder

Honor, Respect, Tradition and Sacrifice. That is the heart beat of the Fire

Service across our nation.

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What First Responders Should Seek in Mental Health Clinicians

What First Responders Should Seek in Mental Health Clinicians

Heather Lemke, NCC, LCPC

A career in public safety is unlike any other. Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics wake up each morning with the mission of keeping communities safe—often risking their own lives to protect others.

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Grief

Grief

Didymus McHugh

When was the last time that we thought about grieving? People grieve many changes in their lives. We grieve losing a job, a divorce, death moving or any change. But do we really understand what it is to grieve?

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What Does Sacrifice Look Like?

What Does Sacrifice Look Like?

Didymus McHugh

There are many ways of sacrifice and for different reasons.  When we join the fire service, we do not know all the sacrifice that we will be making. We sacrifice our time going to classes, time away from our loved ones, when we are on duty or get called in for extra duty of filling in for someone that banged out sick. We sacrifice money to help those in need, our talents helping rebuild communities that have been affected by fire or disasters that we have responded to.

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The Toll of Trauma: What Bangor Police are Doing to Fight a Silent Threat

The Toll of Trauma: What Bangor Police are Doing to Fight a Silent Threat

Callie Ferguson

The Bangor Police Department is establishing a team of officers trained to support their peers in the wake of traumas they experience on the job.

Stressed-out cops pose problems for their colleagues in blue and the public they police, Officer Chris Blanchard said.

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How Crisis Intervention Training Helps First Responders

How Crisis Intervention Training Helps First Responders

Good Therapy Staff

Every day, first responders—police officers, firefighters, and paramedics—are called on to handle situations involving mental health crises. As a result, communities and industry groups have begun implementing training efforts to help emergency personnel better recognize mental health symptoms, relate to people experiencing a crisis, and access appropriate care or services for those in need.

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Breaking Up With My PTSD

Breaking Up With My PTSD

Donna Syed

My almost life-long companion and I are actually breaking up. I should be more specific. What I’m breaking up with is more exactly known as C-PTSD, a form of PTSD. I think we’re in the final stages of our separation. It’s been a long and drawn-out breakup because that’s how it goes with C-PTSD. Once you get to know it well, you practice breaking up with it every day. Some days require more sorting out and negotiation than others.

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SUICIDE RATES RISING AMONG FIREFIGHTERS

Mark Lamplugh

Suicide rates are on the increase among firefighters. In fact, the rates are beginning to catch up with the rates of law enforcement officers. Some of the same stressors affect both groups and more corporate culture changes are needed to ensure that the best possible assistance is provided to first responders who are feeling so stressed that they experience suicidal ideations.

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Mitigating Stress in a Chaotic Career

MARK LAMPLUGH JR.

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.

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