Attend a Free Webinar Sept. 25 on Fire Service Behavioral Health
September 18, 2012
Members of the fire and emergency services regularly respond to traumatic events and face a variety of daily stressors that can have lasting effects on their mental and emotional well-being. Tragically, some first responders do not receive the help that they need to adequately deal with these issues and decide to take their own life.
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is hosting a webinar at 2pm Eastern on Tuesday, September 25 focusing on the behavioral health issues impacting members of the fire and emergency services. Presenter Jeff Dill from the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance will outline several behavioral health threats and will identify warning signs and prevention measures. Additionally, the results of the NVFC’s recent behavioral health survey will be revealed and analyzed by representatives from HOPE Health Research Institute.
The webinar will provide a preview of information that will be available in the NVFC’s soon-to-be-released report focusing on suicide in the fire and emergency services.
About FBHA and Jeff Dill
The Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance was established to directly educate firefighters, EMS personnel, and their families about behavioral health issues such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, addictions, and firefighter suicides. FBHA works closely with public safety and is currently partnered with Safe Call Now to promote fire and police behavioral health training across the United States. FBHA also attempts to collect firefighter suicide case information. If you know of a firefighter suicide and would like to submit information, please fill out their form. FBHA founder Jeff Dill holds a Master’s degree and is a Licensed Counselor, as well as a Battalion Chief at Palatine Rural Fire Protection District (IL).
About HOPE Health Research Institute
HOPE Health Research Institute has done extensive research on fire service health and wellness issues. HOPE HRI scientists are experts in methodology and statistical analysis who are keenly aware of the special needs of scientists and academicians. They have conducted research in areas such as tobacco control, physical activity and fitness, obesity epidemiology and treatment, dietary interventions, community health interventions, and cardiovascular outcomes.