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Monday, October 13, 2014 

 

 

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"I Hate Divorce" Links to Suicide

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 

 

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SIU investigates police officer's suicide while family grieves

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  While Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit begins to look into the death of a veteran Ottawa police officer, his family has reached out to the community to express its grief.

Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban, 43, was found dead in his office at police headquarters on Elgin Street early Sunday.

“He was a proud and devoted husband and father, and an excellent police officer, a role he dedicated himself to for more than two decades,” the family said Monday evening in a prepared statement. “We are heartbroken to have lost Kal so tragically and so young. He will be dearly missed by his wife, his three children, and his entire family.”

The SIU, meanwhile, assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to determine the circumstances of the 22-year veteran’s death.

Ghadban’s suicide is among the latest in a spate of recent suicides by first responders — police, paramedics, firefighters, corrections officers and so... [ more ]  

 

 

 

It's Important to Share Your Story!

Saturday, September 27, 2014 

 



In the wake of his own son's suicide, a sheriff tells his story to prevent more



'I'm willing to go anywhere'



by Bob Driehaus

BUTLER, Ky. – Pendleton County Sheriff Craig Peoples had a morning ritual as sure as the sun rises. He showered at 6:30 on weekday mornings and called out to his oldest son, Evan, to wake up for school.

He still wakes up at the same time, but when he walks down the hall to get dressed, he stifles the impulse to rouse his son. Eleven mon... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Firefighter Shares Personal Survival Story

Friday, September 26, 2014 

The Personal Survival page is dedicated to looking at ways to educate the fire service on mental health challenges. One method is to share success stories of those who have faced those challenges and come out even stronger. One such person is Matt Olson. Thanks to Matt for sharing this very personal story of challenges and insight gained.



 How did my career as a firefighter impact my marriage and my family? 

I was asked this question a short time ago by a good friend.  I hadn’t ever thought about it.  So I did.  Here are my thoughts.

I met my wife 22 years ago and instantly fell in love.  She was the fir... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Miami Firefighetr Dies

Thursday, September 18, 2014 

Miami firefighter dead after shooting self on Rickenbacker Causeway

Police say man died wearing uniform

Author: Peter Burke, Managing Editor, pburke@local10.com
Ben Kennedy, Reporter, bkennedy@Local10.com

Published On: Sep 17 2014 09:01:43 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 17 2014 01:11:00 PM EDT Small Text

CH FOR LOCAL 10 NEWS. A SAD MORNING AT THE MIAMI FIRE DEPARTMENT AFTER A GRUESOME ZOO ENON THE RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY. THEY EARLY THIS MORNING A FIREFIGHTER DIED APPARENTLY TAKING HIS OWN LI... [ more ]  

 

 

 

SERVE & PROTECT AND HOPE ANIMAL ASSISTED CRISIS RESPONSE ANNOUNCE A COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP TO SERVE FIRST RESPONDERS

Friday, September 12, 2014 

September 9, 2014

 

Brentwood TN – Serve & Protect and Hope AACR are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership to maximize our commitment serving law enforcement and emergency services.



 Serve & Protect exists to provide crisis line, chaplain, and trauma therapist services for law enforcement, fire/rescue/ems, dispatch, and corrections. Their goal is to address emotional and spiritual trauma that confronts these heroes whether a single trauma or cumulative trauma. Their crisis line partner, Safe Call Now assesses calls and facilitates residential care or similar treatment or refers to Serve & Protect to facilitate chaplain, recovery, and trauma therapist services in the caller’s community.



 “We are always vigilant for additional and unique ways we can help those we serve... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Firefighter Runs to Honor 9-11 Heroes as well as to bring attention to Suicide Prevention Month

Friday, September 12, 2014 

By Anastasia Dawson | Tribune Staff
Published: September 11, 2014


CLEARWATER — Fire and Rescue Lt. Mark Wing cut a haunting figure Thursday morning, running across Clearwater Beach in full firefighter gear, hoisting an American flag high above his head in the morning humidity.

Around 9 a.m., Wing set out running from Fire Station 44 on Sand Key to Station 46 on Clearwater Beach to Station 49 by Clearwater Mall at U.S. 19 and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. His 11-mile journey, dubbed “11 on the 11th,” took more than four hours to complete, but ... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Observe National Suicide Prevention Week September 8-14

Friday, September 5, 2014 

2014 National Suicide Prevention Week media and information kit now available



From September 8-14, schools, mental health providers, faith congregations, businesses, and others will hold outreach and awareness events for suicide prevention across the United States.

Please think about getting involved in your department in some way as it impacts all of the fire service.



To participate, download a media and information kit at  http://www.suicidology.org/about-aas/national-suicide-prevention-week from the American Association of Suicidology.

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Senator Supports AFG Intiative for Mental Health Training

Friday, August 22, 2014 

DURBIN, FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE A MORE THAN $23,000 INVESTMENT IN FIRE-FIGHTER SUICIDE PREVENTION INITIATIVES



 



[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded a $23,750 grant to the Palatine, Illinois non-profit. Today’s funding will help support the group’s work in providing suicide awareness and prevention workshops for fire departments and firefighters in Illinois and around the country.

"Firefighters and first-responders help members of our communities when crises occur, and often times they encounter bot... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Cutting the Onion on Firefighter Suicide

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 

Cutting the Onion on Firefighter Depression and Suicide

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 F.I.R.E.S. Within (Firefighter Increased Risk Exposure to Suicide)
by Shannon Pennington
North American Fire Fighter Veteran Network

This is not a pretty subject to even mention in a fire house or around the kitchen table unless it is about the civilian death or attempt that took place on a shift recently. Why is it that we can do the  post-mortem discussion around the table on them, but when it comes to us we clam up? All who read thi... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Robin Williams Death an Opportunity?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014  Robin William’s death, while not a firefighter, evokes similar feelings of “no not him”. Below is a blog I came across through the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance members and stakeholders, on talking about suicide and Robin Williams’ death. 

It reminds us to be cautious about what we say, for there are people near us who are struggling with their own thoughts of suicide and may apply your comments to their situation.  Remember those who have lost a loved one to suicide are also around us.  The blog also encourages us to avoid making assumptions and not to let stigma prevent us from talking about suicide and mental health.  I found this blog to be very articulate and believe you will find it be very informative.

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KCFD TO START SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM

KSHB.com Video

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. There are no national statistics kept for firefighter suicides. But in the last 10 years, four Kansas City firefighters have committed suicide. This month the fire department will launch a new program aimed at ending suicides.

Dr. Richard Gist, principal assistant to the fire chief, is the public health psychologist with the KCFD.

The program is called ACT.

"It stands for 'Ask, Care and Take,'" Gist explained. "Ask what's going on with someone and if they are thinking about hurting themselves."

Care is about showing a person that you care about them. Take stands for taking that person to a place where they can get help if you determine they need help.

Niko Cruz, a 23-year veteran with the Kansas City Fire Department, committed suicide on July 27. He was buried last Saturday.

He is survived by four children and one grandchild. His oldest daught... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Brad Symes's family links Edmonton firefighter's suicide to PTSD

CBC.ca Video

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  At the end of July, 38-year-old Edmonton firefighter Brad Symes took his life, leaving behind his wife of seven months, two young boys, loving parents and countless friends — and his family is linking his death to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).     

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Symes was a firefighter for 13 years, following in his father’s footsteps.

Stan Symes retired as the district fire chief in Edmonton after 35 years on the job. While he worked as a first responder, he found it helpful to confide in his wife, Char. 

Brad Symes often called his parents to talk about his job and the things he witnessed.

“Lots of times he would just call... [ more ]  

 

 

 
 
 

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