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Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff

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on 14 Oct 2020 7:19 PM
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True mental toughness means not burying emotions or avoiding difficult conversations

Published on Sep 3, 2020

By Jason Patton

One of the biggest subjects being discussed over the interwebs all across the world lately is mental health, especially as it applies to first responders. A lot of the discussion has been around why we sometimes suggest that people with mental trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a “weakness.” But how do you define weakness? 

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on 07 Oct 2020 6:07 PM
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Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff

September 1, 2020

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on 29 Sep 2020 5:22 PM
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When the Backpack Is Too Full

Published on August 10, 2020

Mark Foreman, Psy.D. Mark Foreman, Psy.D.

Co-founder at Mindful Awareness in Public Safety Training Institute (MAPSti)

Suicide of police officers, law enforcers, firefighters and other public safety workers is of real concern amongst the ranks and has been for decades. Yet the real discussion of First Responder / Public Safety Suicide remains a hidden fear. A fear not addressed nor turned toward. It often is actually turned away from.

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on 13 Aug 2020 7:34 PM
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Self-Care In Traumatic Times

Author: IAFF Staff

August 5, 2020

We are living in traumatic times. Whether it’s the increased spread of COVID-19, civil unrest in your community, financial instability or back-to-school uncertainty, fire service personnel are facing unprecedented levels of stress both on and off the job.

Today more than ever, daily self-care is essential for survival and a powerful buffer against traumatic stress. Prioritize these strategies for self-care today:

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on 08 Aug 2020 5:11 AM
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