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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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By Allison Ward The Columbus Dispatch

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Posted Jul 16, 2019 at 12:01 AM Updated Jul 16, 2019 at 5:24 AM        

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on 07 Aug 2019 4:27 AM
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Support group helps firefighters dealing with mental health issues

By Samantha Phillips

The Vindicator sphillips@vindy.com

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on 26 Apr 2019 5:47 AM
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Psychology Today reviews recommendations to the fire service and to mental health professionals.

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on 26 Feb 2019 6:30 AM
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The issue of suicide among first responders is not commonly talked about, but those with mental illness think it needs to become part of the job and training to look for warning signs.

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on 27 Dec 2018 8:18 PM
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