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The situations first responders are generally faced with are inherently difficult and stressful. They are typically the first to arrive on the scene of events involving injuries and loss of life. They often provide emotional as well as physical support to traumatized survivors. These duties often put first responders at risk for secondary or vicarious traumatization.
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on 15 Nov 2018 8:50 PM
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Author: IAFF Staff November 9, 2018

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on 12 Nov 2018 9:24 PM
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The practice of mindfulness has been shown to significantly decrease stress and improve both mental health and physical health. 

Can you go from feeling stressed to calm in under 30 seconds? Phil Boissiere shares his simple technique to bring mindfulness to your busy life, any time, anywhere.

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on 26 Sep 2018 1:58 AM
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Courtesy of KOLN-TV
Lincoln, NE 68503

LINCOLN, Neb. - In 2017, more first responders died by suicide than in the line of duty. That's according to a study done by the Ruderman Family Foundation.
Here in Lincoln, Fire and Rescue says it's actively working to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

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on 16 Sep 2018 6:12 PM
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Fire School and Flashbacks

May 1, 2018

Cinnamon S. Reiheld

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on 09 Sep 2018 3:22 PM
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Fire Wives: The Fourth Alarm September 5, 2018

Cinnamon S. Reiheld

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on 09 Sep 2018 3:07 PM
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on 22 Jun 2018 12:28 AM
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A Psychiatrist's Elegy for Anthony Bourdain

Robert A. Berezin, MD

June 13, 2018​

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own. – Willa Cather

I can't call him Tony because I never met him. He is Anthony to me. I only know him from his show, Parts Unknown. I never read Kitchen Confidential, which is now next on my list. Yet I felt like he was my friend.

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on 19 Jun 2018 7:06 PM
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If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD, PLEASE reach out to one of our OAPFF Peer Support members! Things CAN and WILL get better!

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on 10 Jun 2018 3:05 AM
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