A recent story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked at how some local firefighters coped with the psychological trauma of the job.
The piece focuses on Lance Johnson and how he tries to compartmentalize his work so as to avoid taking it home with him.
From FDIC.com, here is a list of some support and information resources:
Crisis Lines and Online Supports.
- First Responder specific, Safe Call Now- http://www.safecallnow.org or 206-459-3020
- Firestrong, firefighter online- http://www.firestrong.org
- National Programs on Suicide: http://www.suicide.org or 1-800-SUICIDE
- National Suicide Prevention lifeline- 800-273-8255
Resources and Sources of Information
- National Center for PTSD *- http://www.ptsd.va.gov
- American Psychological Association- http://www.apa.org
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: http://www.firehero.org
- National Volunteer Fire Council: http://www.nvfc.org
The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Share the Load support program helps firefighters, EMTs, and their families address a variety of behavioral health issues, including PTSD, depression, suicide risk, substance abuse, and anxiety. This video helps first responders and family members recognize the symptoms of five common behavioral health issues and where they can turn to for help.