By Merritt Kearns and Emily Langford
Looking to create or improve your fire department's health and safety program but unsure how to get started? With a wealth of information out there, here is a focused list of resources to get you moving in the right direction.
By Dr. Michael Genovese
Traumatic experiences can alter pathways in the brain, causing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Learn more about how trauma affects an individual's experience of the world and the importance of repairing damaged neural pathways.
By Leischen Stelter
First responder stress affects the entire family, including children. On this episode of the In Public Safety Matters podcast, a professional therapist explains how first responder families can benefit from counseling and how they can get the most out of the experience.
By Kim Colegrove
Mental health stigma is at the core of why too many police officers do not get the help they need. Kim Colegrove was confronted with this devastating reality when her husband took his own life on Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. Since then, she's been on a journey to change how officers think, talk, and cope with mental health issues.
By Brad Bouchillon
Getting promoted to company officer is a great honor and responsibility, but firefighters need to know that there is more to the role than decision-making and a pay raise. In their leadership position, it is essential that company officers are dedicated to counseling others and being a confidant to fellow firefighters.