By Eric Pointer, Virginia First:
There’s a new initiative aimed at getting first responders the mental health treatment they need.
Mental illness is suspected to be behind thousands of suicides in America each year making mental health all the more important. Especially when it comes to first responders.
People often look at first responders as heroes but some feel like they have nowhere to turn when they need help. The horrific scenes they deal with on a daily basis can take a toll on their mental health.
A Franklin County EMT Firefighter is using the loss of a close friend to suicide to spread awareness on the trauma first responders deal with.
Just last year Jonathan Smith lost his best and fellow Franklin County Volunteer EMT Firefighter Robert Dent.
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