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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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Author: IAFF Staff, June 15, 2020

Resilience is often thought of as the ability to bounce back from life’s adversities or to withstand loss or change. Given the high rate of occupational trauma, the inherent stress of the job and the toll on family life, we know that fire and EMS personnel are an incredibly resilient population.

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on 05 Jul 2020 5:55 PM
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As first responders, we are naturally exposed to a higher amount of occupational stress than the average job. Many first responders are able to effectively deal with this stress by having close relationships in the fire house. This brotherhood and sisterhood provides a bonding and social support system that is important in order to stay psychologically resilient.

Covid-19 has forced us to practice "social distancing" not only at the firehouse, but in our personal lives as well. This new practice may affect our mood and our ability to "bounce back", especially after bad calls.

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on 10 Jun 2020 12:23 AM
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WCPO Cincinnati

Posted: 6:46 AM, Dec 18, 2019 Updated: 3:00 PM, Dec 18, 2019 By: Whitney Miller, Ally Kraemer

CINCINNATI — Jo Terry will always remember her husband as a great partner, dad and firefighter. Chip Terry, a firefighter with the Covington Fire Department, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. He loved serving the community, Jo said, but even in his retirement, he couldn’t escape the trauma of the job. He died by suicide in 2017. .

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on 26 Dec 2019 6:06 AM
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