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The Suicide Research Prevention Center Launches New Video Series

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 

SPRC Launches a New Video Series

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) announces the launch of its new video series, "SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action." SPARK Talks are Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Knowledgeable videos of leaders in the suicide prevention movement. Each of these innovators describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action.



SPRC invites you to spark conversation by sharing your own comments—along with the videos—via social media, newsletters, and websites, or by showing them as part of a presentation. You could spark innovation... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Kansas City Fire Department Concern over Firefighter Suicides

Thursday, December 11, 2014 

 Concern Over Firefighter Suicides Prompts KCFD To Seek Resources, Help



By Esther Honig



Sirens flash and wail as the 17-ton fire engine barrels down Independence Avenue in Kansas City's Historic Northeast. The four firefighters on board gear up in their flame retardant boots and jackets as they rush to the scene of a call.

“After 25 years I’ve s... [ more ]  

 

 

 

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Issues Report on Firefighter's Suicide

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 

NFFF Issues New Report to Address Suicide Among Firefighters



12/02/2014





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Rosecrance Rehab Center Treats Firefighters, Paramedics For Alcohol Problems

Rosecrance Video

Wednesday, December 3, 2014  Scott Schaben started working as a suburban firefighter in the 1980s, bonding with his co-workers over off-duty beers. But his social drinking turned compulsive after he went through a divorce a few years ago, consuming his life until he knew he needed help.He ended up seeking treatment at Rosecrance, a Rockford-based recovery center that has what it bills as the nation's first treatment program aimed exclusively at firefighters and paramedics. Schaben, 52, said that being among others who knew the stresses and demands of his job was a considerable help.

"It was just like a huge load taken off my shoulders," he said. "I just felt that even though I didn't know someone, I could still talk to them. It made a big difference."

Researchers have consistently found that members of the fire service drink more than the average adult, a legacy of consumption that dates to when some firehouses doubled as the local tavern.

But when off-duty imbibing leads to add... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Depression in the Firehouse

Monday, December 1, 2014 

 “Depression in the Fire House” is a blog written by Steven Andel who is an Acting Lieutenant/Paramedic with the Bristol Kendall Fire Department in Yorkville, Illinois



His page is designed to share his story about how he has lived with depression as a Firefighter. Through his blog, his goal is to help educate others about depression and be a support to those brothers and sisters who face depression on a daily basis.



If interested to read Steven's blog go to http://firehousedepression.blogspot.com/

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To Protect, Serve and Not Suffer: PTSD in the Line of Duty

NBC SanDiego Video

Friday, November 28, 2014  Suicide is the leading cause of death among police officers, and 120,000 first responders nationwide are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But as NBC 7’s Mark Mullen explains, the sector’s “suck it up” culture is changing.
It’s a problem among cops that few talk about outside the police community: Post traumatic stress disorder which can cause big problems on the job and off. It can lead even to suicide in an alarming number of cases.

In fact, suicide is now believed to be the leading cause of death among first responders. More than those who are killed by felons. More than officers who perish in auto accidents.

La Mesa Police Officer Tim Purdy is a tough, well-trained and nine-year veteran cop equipped to handle most any situation.

First responders, like these Milwaukee police officers who witnessed the death of a child, often suffer alongside victims.
Photo credit: AP

But an officer-involved shoo... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Paramedic Suicide Rates

Thursday, October 30, 2014  “Paramedics under pressure: alarming suicide rates rock ambulance service”



14 hour night shift stretches to 20 hours, the effects of exhaustion and fatigue can quickly set in, sometimes with tragic consequences. SBS2’s The Feed spent time with some people who have experienced first-hand just how heavy the job’s toll can be.

Source: The Feed

Cath Mok clearly recalls her partner Helen’s excitement and optimism as she started her new career as a paramedic.

“She was bright eyed and bushy tailed about it. Being a paramedic I think gave her lots of opportunities to use the good things about her personality,” she told The Feed.

<... [ more ]  

 

 

 

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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 ]  

 

 

 
 
 

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