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Houston Firefighter Murder/Suicide

Friday, May 22, 2015 

 HPD: Firefighter fatally stabbed girlfriend, hanged self

KHOU Staff, 9:45 a.m. CDT May 22, 2015

HOUSTON -- A Houston firefighter has died in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Houston Police Department.

The bodies of a man and woman were found before 7 p.m. Thursday at a Lake Houston-area home on Lake Prince Lane near Smith Lake Lane. Family members went to check on the couple because the female victim had not picked up her daughter earlier in the day.more ]  




Advice for Your Teen With Mental Health Challenges

Friday, May 8, 2015 

Project UROK teaches teens how to talk about anxiety and mental illness

By Matt Petronzio

Mara Wilson, writer and performer who made her name as a child actress in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, is sitting in front of a gray screen, hair gathered in a messy bun, wearing a sweatshirt with a stylized cat face on it and a big blue pin that says "UROK." In a casual tone that previous generations could never have conjured for such personal subjects, she is talking about anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and the arc of her life from "anxious kid" to "anxious adult."

"I wish somebody had told me it's OK to be anxiou... [ more ]  




Responding to Your Own Mental Health

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 

Responding to Your Own Mental Health

By Mark Lamplugh

A firefighter’s job is unlike any other. We wear our pride and dedication to our careers on our sleeves, on the windows of our cars, tattooed on our bodies. All my life growing up I wanted to be involved in the fire service. It helped that my dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all firefighters – not to mention my uncle and two cousins. I really didn’t have much of a choice. I remember walking into the engine room, running up and ringing the bell on t... [ more ]  




What if it's not PTSD?

Thursday, April 23, 2015   

When is it not Post Traumatic Stress Disorder???

April 24, 2015

National statistics report that six out of every ten males and five out of every ten females will experience a serious, traumatic event in their lives. Although the trauma may be painful to experience, not every person who goes through a trauma will develop PTSD. Statistics also say that only 7-8% of these people will develop PTSD.   That is a relatively low number in the general population. The exact statistics of how many first responders develop PTSD is not known but to compare, it is estimated that 30% of Vietnam veterans developed the disorder.  It certainly does occur and is painful and devastating when it does occur but there is also a phenomena that occurs where people simply assume that since the individual has been through ... [ more ]  




Change Initiative Released

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 

National Safety Culture Change Initiative Released

by Susan Nicol On Apr 7, 2015
Source: News

When fire officials discuss what needs to happen to reduce the number of firefighter injuries and deaths, one thing is always in the forefront – the need for a cultural change.

That was front and center not only when the Life Safety Initiatives were created 11 years ago, but again when they were discussed last March during the Tampa 2 Summit.

“U.S. society as a whole may contribute to the risk behaviors that are demonstrated within the fire service. Comm... [ more ]  




Volunteer Firefighter Lost to Suicide

Monday, March 23, 2015 

Southeast Ohio Volunteer Firefighter Shooting Ruled Suicide

Monday March 23, 2015 10:54 AM

WBNS-10TV Columbus Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio - The Athens Sheriff's Office says a firefighter is dead after committing suicide this morning.

Investigators have determined that it was a self-inflicted wound that killed the 47-year-old. The man was a volunteer firefighter with the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Department. The shooting took place near the fire station on South 6th Street in Jacksonville.

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New Mexico FD's PSA Regarding Preventing Suicide

Monday, March 16, 2015 

N.M. Department Produces PSA to Prevent Firefighter Suicide

By Patrick Lohmann

Source: Albuquerque Journal, N.M.     

March 14--The Sandoval County Fire Department lead chaplain is trying to get out in front of some troubling statistics by organizing the creation of a commercial that aims to prevent firefighter suicide, post-traumatic stress and other burdens that she said are commonplace among emergency responders.

At least two Sandoval County firefighters ha... [ more ]  




Mental Fitness is Everyone's Job.

Monday, March 16, 2015 

 NFFF: Making Sure Firefighters are Mentally Fit is Everyone's Job


BALTIMORE, MD – One size doesn’t fit all.

That theme surfaced repeatedly this past weekend as fire officials discussed how to assist their personnel with the mental stresses of their jobs. Consultants with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation explained not only their research findings, but presented a host of ideas to keep responders mentally fit.

A conference to roll out programs for Initiative 13 was funded in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an AFG grant. Psychological support needs to be part of the daily regime just as time at the gym, said Dr. Richard Gist... [ more ]  




Suicide in the Ranks

Friday, March 6, 2015  Suicide in the Ranks: Firefighters Moving in the Right Direction

March 4, 2015

By Mark Lamplugh

“Mike was one of my best firefighters – a veteran of more than 20 years – one of those guys a chief can count on to get the job done. Rarely was there a structure fire, a rescue, or an auto extrication at which Mike wasn’t elbow-deep in the job at hand.”

Those are the words of Longmeadow Massachusetts fire chief, Eric H. Madison, about a fireman who had seen some of the most horrific duty calls in the business. Chief Madison also walked by Mike’s side through a PTSD diagnosis, a year of therapy, and a battle to secure disability payments. Four months after the disability came through, Mike succumbed to ... [ more ]  




What Facebook is Doing to Help Prevent Suicide

Friday, February 27, 2015 

What Facebook's Doing To Help Prevent Suicide

Jenna Birch

The social media giant has unveiled new features to make it easier for people experiencing suicidal thoughts to find help. (Photo: Facebook)

It’s not an uncommon scenario: You scroll through your Facebook news feed, and you see a post that concerns you — a post indicating potential for self-harm. 

But what do you do? <... [ more ]  




Safe Call Now Publishes Paper on Substance Abuse In the Public Safety Population

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 


Safe Call Now Publishes White Paper

 For the past few months Safe Call Now® has been working on a project that is aimed at producing the cultural change within the first responder professions that Safe Call Now® has been striving for.  The project has been reviewed extensively by outside organizations before being made public on a national level.  The “White paper” identifies the problems and provides solutions.  This is the long term solution and  Safe Call Now® will be introducing an accreditation process which is a much faster way to change the culture and get those that need help the services they deserve.

You can access the White paper at: more ]  




Canadian Firefighter Shares His Struggles

Monday, February 9, 2015 

 Firefighter speaks about his battle with PTSD

CTV Ottawa
Published Sunday, February 8, 2015 6:44PM EST

Every day for Brandon Hogan is a struggle.

He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental illness he says is linked to his work as a  firefighter. “We are expected to be a certain way: Strong, tough,” he says. “We rescue you and not the other way around, essentially. That’s sort of driven in.”

Hogan, a firefighter by ... [ more ]  




Hartsville South Carolina Lieutenant Shares His Own Story

USA Today Video

Friday, February 6, 2015 

Are You Mentally Fit? by Lee Hopkinsin

In the fire service, we always stress training and being physically fit.  How are we preparing our firefighters mentally?  We stress saving our own.  Well, it’s time that we stepped up to the plate.  No one knows your brother like you do.  Most of the time, you are with him or her every third day.  Our job is dangerous and unforgiving at times.  You need to recognize the signs of depression and anxiety.  The problems can be over calls, promotions or family issues.

Let me tell you a little about myself. ... [ more ]  




Suicide Survivors Share Stories

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 

The Personal Survival Page was established with the hope to tell many “Close Calls” stories but not on the fire scene but on the mental health side. Stories of those who faced the challenges of mental health and came out on the other side. Here are a few of those stories from the private sector written in one article.

Life after Suicide Attempt

Chicago Tribune

January 19, 2015

By Bonnie Miller Rubin | Tribune reporter

Many who ha... [ more ]  




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