Did you know . . . (from https://callforbackup.org/)
. . . we lose more police officers and firefighters to suicide every year than are killed in the line of duty?
. . . the rate of suicidal thinking among paramedics is at least 10 times greater than in the general population?
. . . that dispatchers and corrections officers are at a greater risk for suicide due to stress-related issues?
. . . that the greatest concerns of first responders are the stigma associated with mental health issues and their departments’ seeming lack of support?
If you are a Police Officer, Firefighter, EMS worker, Dispatcher, Corrections officer or any type of first responder, I urge you to go check out the Call for Backup organization, and see what they can offer to you, you can find information about them at https://callforbackup.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CallForBackup.org/
(Taken from their website:)
Our unique training program helps first responders understand how the stresses of the job impact them mentally, emotionally, physically, behaviorally, and spiritually, and also helps them see how certain skills can make them more resistant to stress and more resilient when a major stressful event occurs. Most importantly, we teach them how important it is to look out for one another – to be the backup when someone needs it, and to call for backup for themselves when necessary.
Please be aware that we are not a “crisis line” or “hotline,” but a resource for peer support. If you’d like to speak to one of our peer support specialists, please send a message to m.me/callforbackup.org/ and someone will respond as quickly as possible.
IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS NOW, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800) 273-TALK (8255), or text the keyword BADGE to 741741 to be connected to a trained crisis counselor, 24/7 – always free and confidential.