Fire Fighters calling 911

PTSD and Cancer: Growing Number of Fire Fighters and Paramedics at Risk.

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on 22 Apr 2018 9:16 PM
  • PTSD
Rich MacKinnon Jr.

Massachusetts firefighters are more than twice as likely to kill themselves as civilians due to untreated depression and PTSD stemming from repeated exposure to death and destruction, according to a new report on mental illness and suicide among first responders.

The study by the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for people with disabilities, estimates that the suicide rate for Bay State firefighters is 20 per 100,000 people, compared to 9 per 100,000 for civilians.

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on 21 Dec 2016 12:03 AM
  • Depression
armed police officer

46 officers were fatally shot last year. More than triple that — 140 — committed suicide.


Suicides left more officers and firefighters dead last year than all line-of-duty deaths combined — a jarring statistic that continues to plague first responders but garners little attention. 

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on 11 Oct 2016 9:58 PM
  • Depression
Fire coat in locker

With the suicide rate among firefighters becoming more prevalent, along with the number of mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, the once taboo subject can no longer be ignored.

Firefighters who are diagnosed with PTSD are six times more likely to commit suicide, according to Jim Brinkley, director of Occupation Health and Safety for the International Association of Firefighters. Addiction adds another layer of risk for suicide.

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on 11 Oct 2016 6:42 PM
  • Depression

By Christopher L. McKenna

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on 11 Oct 2016 6:40 PM
  • Drug Abuse
  • Drinking
  • Depression