A beacon of hope for my firefighter brothers and sisters out there. Yes, PTSD has become a buzzword typically associated with combat veterans, but as we all know, it ever present in the first responder community as well. Sadly, in the past we have taken very few steps towards treating PTSD in the non veteran demographics.
Though this curated article is very good, the key takeaway I found with it is that the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has opened a center specifically for its members. On their website there is also a phone number to call if you need to talk with someone right away ( 855-843-5394 ).
This is great news for firefighters and a solid step towards getting rid of the stigma surrounding mental health for first responders. Treating PTSD is a long a difficult road, but is something we owe to ourselves and our families.
I encourage anyone that is part of the IAFF to contact the new Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery if they need help or know someone who does.
I’ve listed this center on the Resources in the US page, but here is the direct LINK as well. If you feel this article can help those in the firefighter community or their families, please share it or use the retweet below.The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has opened a center specifically for its members for treating PTSD, addiction and mental health issues. Click To Tweet
We have long heard of survivors guilt and PTSD but in the fire service, have not done much about it. This is a new era for firefighters and we realize that we are not only accountable to you, the citizens, but also to each other.
Just last spring, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) opened the Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery near Baltimore, MD. We have the resources and are changing our culture to seek out help early and often.