Make Behavioral Health a Priority

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and firefighters and EMS responders have increased risk of behavioral health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, addiction, and burnout. Take time to educate yourself and your department on the risks and what to do if help is needed. This video explains the warning signs of some common firefighter behavioral health issues, and this video provides tips for talking to someone in need. Also check out these articles: When the Stress Bucket Overflows: A Firefighter’s Story of Pain and Healing and Learning Resilience in the Fire Service. If you need help, the Fire/EMS Helpline is available at 1-888-731-FIRE (3473). Find more resources from the Share the Load program.