By Megan Devlin, Richmond News:
Following the suicide of a well-liked retired Richmond Fire-Rescue captain last year, there were calls by families and other retirees for better connections to mental health supports.
Months later, there are new efforts in the works to reach out to Richmond’s retired firefighters, including PTSD information sessions, talks by mental health professionals and peer-organized coffee groups.
This winter, Local IAFF 1286, Richmond’s firefighter union, held a meeting for retired firefighters explaining signs and symptoms of PTSD, and resources available.
The union acted quickly to reach out to retirees, president Cory Parker said, because they could recognize an “immediate need.”
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