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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



By SUSAN NICOL

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 ]  

 

 

 
 

UK FF Death Ruled Suicide

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 

Tributes to Hull firefighter Martin Biglin after inquest rules he took own life at Spurn Point



By Hull Daily Mail  By James Campbell


FIRE chiefs have paid tribute to a Hull firefighter whose body was found washed up on Spurn Point.

Martin Biglin, 47, of Kingswood, disappeared on July 21 last year and his car, containing a suicide note, was found at the Humber Bridge car park. His body was discovered by Jon Downes and his wife Helen as they walked on Spurn Point on September 4.

Mr Biglin, a father-of-two, had been a firefighter for 27 years and was based in Bransholme prior to his death. Follo... [ more ]  

 

 

 

Concealed Depression Habits

Friday, January 16, 2015 

 11 Habits of People With Concealed Depression

 By Lexi Herrick

 01/08/2015

 There will be two main types of people reading this blog: those finding themselves better equipped to understand some of the people they love and those who see their own reflections in these habits.

Depression often goes unseen, unrecognized, and undiagnosed. A person with concealed depression is someone who is conditioned to deal with their inner demons... [ more ]  

 

 

 

NFFF Tampa 2 Summit Report Released

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 

Make firefighter mental health a top priority in 2015



Keeping firefighters healthy and safe is an ongoing battle; getting out in front of mental health issues will go a long way toward that goal

  

By Rick Markley, FR1 Editor-in-chief

Probably the only thing worse than facing the wife, husband, parent or child at a LODD funeral is being that wife, husband, parent or child. And it is against that memory of staring helplessly at a woman who'd gone just days earlier from firefighter wife to widow that I set my hope for 2015.
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Watch Out for the Holiday Depression

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 

 Watch Out for the Holiday Mayday: Depression

By Mark Lamplugh



This is the time of year when we all come together to celebrate something, whether it’s Christmas, Hanukah, or whatever tradition you follow during the holiday season. Spending time with our family and friends is something that we do; we ride around on the fire truck, give kids candy canes, have Secret Santas, and throw Christmas parties. December is a time of joy in most of our eyes. Firefighters also know that usually around this time we will see fatalities.

Every year at this time, one particular call from my firefighter experi... [ more ]  

 

 

 
 
 

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