Behavioral Health

Firefighters and EMS personnel routinely witness horrific events that ordinary people don’t. These experiences can lead to mental health issues, including PTSD and depression—even suicide. Here you can view the very latest findings, policies and procedures that can help first responders and their leaders recognize behavioral health problems and take action before they put themselves and those around them at risk. Recognizing emerging or existing mental health issues is critical to keeping first responders positively focused and in control. Learn more.
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2019 National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium

The 2019 National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium held in Denver, Colorado was two days of powerful presentations, collaboration and networking. Check out this video of highlights from the first day of the Symposium.


Here you can learn the latest about behavioral health concerns that are unique to first responders. From articles and reports to presentations and more, you’ll come away with a better understanding of incident stress factors, as well as psychological and emotional problems. You’ll learn how they can arise, how they can be recognized and addressed earlier, and how to return first responders to their jobs afterwards with confidence. These resources can be filtered or viewed by tag, audience type or category of post.

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