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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Resources

Posted: Sept. 23, 2021

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. Take this opportunity to build awareness around the very real and concerning problem of suicide among emergency responders. Learn how to help a colleague who may be struggling.

In 2017, more first responders died by suicide than in the line of duty. The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance estimates that only 40% of firefighter suicides are reported.

The Department of Justice recently released a report to the Congress in response to increasing suicides among law enforcement and other first responders. The DOJ that found that 2 successful ways to lower suicide rates were using support networks, such as peer-to-peer programs, and creating an environment to lower the stigma and fear around asking for help.

Resources and support networks

First responder organizations are trying to change their cultural views on mental illness and related stressors by creating programs to help departments and individuals.

Lifelines

There are several crisis hotlines available. Consider posting this information within your organization.

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