The IAFF Center of Excellence issued a recent article that discussed four factors to help support the spouses of paramedics. Being the spouse of paramedics can be extremely tough and these four pointers can help build harmonious and supportive relationships. The four pointers shared in the article are:
1) Loneliness Is to Be Expected
2) Sometimes, You'll Feel Like You Take a Backseat to Your Spouse's Crew
3) The Biggest Threats to Your Spouse's Health are Invisible
4) It's Okay to Ask for Help
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes September as recovery month in efforts to provide education about mental and substance use disorders and bring awareness to the fact that people can and do recover! The theme for recovery month is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community."
Although this article focuses on what the spouse of a FF should know, I think this article has some helpful info that the family, including the FF, should all be aware of!
Grief can be defined as a deep sorrow, especially caused by someone’s death or the loss of someone or something. Grief can be experienced in a number of situations including the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, breakups, ending of friendships, loss of property due to disaster, loss of personal items, and loss of personal integrity/physical violence or assault.