Focus on Mental Health in September

More firefighters die from suicide than in the line of duty. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a call-to-action to focus on behavioral health and suicide prevention in your fire or EMS department. Being proactive now by educating your responders on the risks, learning the warning signs, and providing resources for help can prevent future tragedies.

The national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline recently launched a new number at 988. Make sure everyone in your department has this number in case they are struggling and need immediate assistance from a crisis counselor.

The NVFC also provides these resources to support responder behavioral health: