Firefighters and PTSD

Posted: Jan. 5, 2017

We all know that firefighting is a risky business, but some of the risks aren’t always fully appreciated. While it’s widely understood that being chronically exposed to trauma increases risk for post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) symptoms, researchers at Florida State University further found that these same symptoms appear to play a significant role in increasing the risk for suicide among firefighters.

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Research takeaways

Source: PTSD symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters. Journal of Psychiatric Research. Vol 84, January 2017.

Learn more about this research

This research article on firefighters and PTSD is available through our library by contacting netclrc@fema.dhs.gov. Interested readers may also be able to access the article through their local library or through the publisher’s website.

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