First Responder Resilience:Smashing the Stigma. A documentary by Tania Glenn.
'Tis the Season...
This is typically the season where there is a lot of emphasis placed on giving and being with loved ones. While spending time with loved ones and giving can be a great thing, this is also a time that can be extremely triggering, sad, and difficult for many people. It is easy to find oneself stressed and experiencing burnout during this time as well.
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.
In the wake of some serious losses within the Fire family over the past month, it is important that we continue to take care of ourselves and each other. An awesome article is attached that defines self-care and discusses the importance of practicing self-care as a Firefighter.
Check out this informative article about the rates of PTSD in firefighters.
The article has several links to resources that will help with understanding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and coping skills for PTSD.
Click here to read the article - PTSD Rates in Firefighters
We’ve all heard the word “mindfulness” being thrown around lately as if it’s a new trend. The truth is, the practice of mindfulness has been around for quite some time! Traditionally and historically practiced in Western cultures, the practice of mindfulness has been shown to have numerous benefits. Mindfulness, depending on who you ask, can have several meanings. However, at the most basic level, the concept of mindfulness simply means intentionally and purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgment (Kabat-Zinn, 1994, as cited in Williams, 2017).
Alcohol abuse at some fire departments across the nation are 2-3 times that of the general population. In this article, Chief Revere, a 36-yar FF Veteran, and Mike Healy, a Fire instructor, share their experiences of witness alcohol abuse in the fire service and their hopes of getting help for those struggling with it.