In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are participating in national We Remember Night in support of families of firefighters and EMS members who have taken their own lives. We want to help raise awareness about behavioral health issues affecting first responders, especially in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic where many of us are on the front lines providing emergency medical services.
More than 20 years ago, Seattle firefighters started their own Peer Support Team with the goal of helping each other cope with traumatic incidents, manage stress and build resilience. In addition to establishing resources where members can seek professional help, 24/7. We also support families, friends and communities who have suffered a loss. We remember that their lives ended too soon – their hard work, dedication and service will never be forgotten.
If you’re in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255. We can all help prevent suicide. The lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.