Peer Support

Peer Support is a program consisting of members who are trained to identify various symptoms and challenges, and to aid their fellow brothers and sisters in public safety by providing emotional support in a time of need. In general, peer support are those individuals who have like experiences, can better relate, and consequently, offer greater empathy and validation.

Through listening, understanding, and providing appropriate referrals, peer support programs serve as a system to assist individuals in coping with professional and/or personal problems that arise as a result of the first responder profession.

One of the key benefits of peer support is the perception of increased empathy and respect for the individuals team members may support. Additionally, supporters often experience an increase in their own ability to cope with mental health challenges. Maintaining an objective vantage point is crucial in helping people rebuild their sense of self-worth whey they’ve had a disconnecting experience.

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"It’s been a little over a year since we launched our Peer Support Team so we put together this short video to update you on what we’ve been doing. To those who have reached out, we’re so glad you did; it’s our honor to serve you as a Peer Support Team member.

“It’s been a little over a year since we launched our Peer Support Team so we put together this short video to update you on what we’ve been doing. To those who have reached out, we’re so glad you did; it’s our honor to serve you as a Peer Support Team member.

It is important that we put our mask on first before assisting others with their mask. Afterall, we can't fully be there for others if we can't be there for ourselves. 

 

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The article has several links to resources that will help with understanding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and coping skills for PTSD.

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Contacts

AFD Peer Support

Phone: (512) 974-0230
Phone: (888) 4-AFD-HELP

EMS Peer Support

Phone: (855) 321-3332