Resources at Your Fingertips
The following page offers information and resources for both immediate and long-term assistance. Be proactive and don’t hesitate to engage in discussions. Initiating a more open dialogue about suicide within the fire service is the first step toward destigmatization. The provided resources are intended for your benefit, as well as that of your family, colleagues, or anyone seeking assistance. Feel free to share whatever you require.
If You or a Loved One Need Immediate Help
- First, download the Health Responder App if you haven’t done so already.
- Open the App on your phone.
- Look in the lower right corner of your screen for the yield icon that says, “Talk” and tap it.
- Connect with a professional who can help you right away.
Can’t wait? Call Safe Call Now.
Safe Call Now is a CONFIDENTIAL, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide.
If the situation does not require immediate help, please check out the resources below to learn more about depression and suicidal ideation, tips to manage depression through positive psychology and movement, and details on how to support a loved one in crisis.
- Call your Peer Advocate Group hotline at: 206-459-3020
- Check the resources available to you on the Responder Health App
- Schedule an appointment at the Station 2 clinic with Dr. Beth Murphy at: (206) 867-5100
- Contact the IAFF Center of Excellence at 844-934-1449
Infographics and Flyers:
- First Responder Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma
- Suicide Prevention: Risk Factors, Red Flags, and How to Get Help
- Veteran Mental Health
- Workplace Suicide Prevention: How to Make a Plan
The Call We Carry – Confronting PTSD in the Fire Service
Check out this video produced by the Tacoma Fire Department and released in 2022. Follow the journeys of 4 Tacoma Firefighters, as they share their stories of pain, sacrifice, and resiliency in the midst of an unprecedented call volume increase. The film provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of those who put it all on the line everyday, in an effort to prove once and for all that NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE…
The following short videos feature Rich Jones, the Chief Clinical Officer from Youturn Health.
Rich is recognized nationally as a subject matter expert on substance use disorder (SUD) and health care and recovery integration. He has testified to U.S. Congress on the topic and participated in widespread speaking engagements and technical consultations across the country.
Learn more about Rich and Youturn Health
Related Listen Up L27 Podcast Episodes:
- Kristi Tausinga reveals the barriers First Responders face to getting the help they need
- First Responders: Who is helping the courageous souls who save our lives?
- Sally Spencer-Thomas leads the way in Suicide Prevention
- Responder Health provides full-service support to First Responders
- Part 2 Responder Health provides full-time support for First Responders
- Dr. Julie Goldstein Grumet and Zero Suicide
- Retired Deputy Sheriff Stephen Balzano Describes Life on the Front Lines
- Marine Corps Veteran Turned Cowboy Michael Parker
- DUDES Need DUDES!
- Ernie Stevens creates mental health crisis training for Police Officers