This whole suicide thing-as it was called when I was with some other firefighters and officers last week. These days I find myself wondering if certain things are as good or as bad as they seem to be-or is it because with the internet-we hear about and learn about so much more. Fake news aside, the fact is that we are certainly hearing more about firefighters killing themselves.
It’s such a mystery by it’s very nature. Sometimes you hear “we knew that would happen” and others you hear “I never thought for a second that would happen” In talking with many others, I think my feelings, understanding and knowledge is pretty average-but I want to learn and understand more. So we reached out to the experts.
Thanks to Lexipol, we are going to hear from two FIRE SERVICE subject matter experts and you and your crew can join us at no cost whatsoever.
SUICIDE. A Fire Service Specific Webinar. Thursday February 23, 1300 Hours est
Join Lexipol with highly respected FDNY Captain Frank Leto (FDNY Counseling Unit) and Safe Call Now Founder Sean Riley for a open and honest look at Firefighter suicide ….what each of us can do to learn about …and perhaps reduce the number of firefighters who take their own lives.
-What we know—and don’t know—about the rates of firefighter suicide
-Factors contributing to firefighter mental and emotional health issues
-Specific roles and responsibilities for you, the firefighters, company officers, chief officers and retirees in the fight to reduce Firefighter suicide
Capt. Frank Leto, FDNY (FDNY Firefighter Counseling Unit)
Sean Riley, Founder/President, Safe Call Now https://www.safecallnow.org/
Following the webinar, the presenters will answer your questions live.
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The nature of fire and EMS work puts us at risk for depression and suicide. In a national study of 1,000 firefighters by researchers from Florida State University, nearly half of the respondents said they had suicidal thoughts at one or more points in their firefighting career. Yet many departments don’t always provide training and resources to help firefighters and company officers mitigate the emotional toll of a career in emergency services and recognize warning signs. So let’s talk about it-please join me as I moderate this discussion with Frank and Sean, thanks to Lexipol. http://www.lexipol.com/fire/
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