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 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 safe.
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National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium

The First Responder Center for Excellence is pleased to announce the second annual National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium. Researchers will deliver the latest information regarding behavioral health in the fire service as well as disseminate best practices to enable fire service attendees to transition the known scientific evidence about behavioral health into actionable activity at the department level and provide important information about COVID-19 and insight into what the pandemic has taught us.

This year’s Symposium will be delivered virtually May 24 – 27, 2021.

Don’t miss out on the 2021 Symposium!

You must register for the Symposium but there is no registration fee!

View the agenda for other topics and register today!



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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