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Courtesy of Fox 8 News, Cleveland

COLUMBUS, Ohio-- When members of the military experience the horrors of war and return home suffering from PTSD, the federal government takes steps to make sure they receive the help they need as quickly as possible.

When firefighters return from a call for help after working a traumatic scene suffering from PTSD, they are left on their own to figure it out.

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on 06 Nov 2019 3:38 AM
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Counseling alumnus pioneers first responder peer support initiative

Lt. Matt Askea, pictured above, a three-time UA graduate (master’s degree in counseling in 2004, bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1998 and associate degree in fire protection in 1997), has founded a Peer Support Program for first responders in the city of Akron Fire Department. The program trains a selected group of first responders to observe and discuss mental health concerns among their peers as well as to serve as a bridge to mental health professional referrals when needed.

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on 06 Nov 2019 3:32 AM
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Story by cleveland.com

Lakewood firefighters create support program in response to first responder suicide rate increase Updated Aug 28, 2019;

Posted Aug 28, 2019 By John Benson, special to cleveland.com LAKEWOOD, Ohio --

New York City isn’t the only community dealing with an increase of first responder suicides. Nationally, suicides for both police officers and firefighters have surpassed line-of-duty deaths for the respective positions.

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on 03 Sep 2019 3:43 AM
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