Police, and other agencies, could take notes from what the Phoenix Fire Department has done.

PHOENIX (TPAZ) –  The Phoenix Fire Department steps up to help their fellow brothers and sisters handle and managed their mental health by creating a peer support mental health website.This resource provides guidance for first responders in managing crisis situations and preventing or responding to suicide. Topics include mental illness, risk and protective factors, lethal means restriction, referral procedures and managing stress.  These step were taken after   the suicide death of four firefighters in a seven-month span.

The website, http://www.firestrong.org 


“A firefighter’s suicide strikes at the very core value of the profession– teamwork.”


“When a fire department experiences this tragedy, its impact can be emotionally and mentally debilitating for the personnel left behind to grieve.”







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