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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


 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 ]  




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


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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

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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.

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Fire Engineering Sponsors Webcast on Firefighter Mental Health

Monday, October 13, 2014 



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