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Suicide in the fire service has reached alarming proportions, surpassing line of duty deaths (LODD) in firefighters. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 60 firefighter LODD in 2017. Compare this to 91 firefighter suicides.
SUD is a common issue within the first responder community. Current research suggests that those in fire service engage in binge drinking at almost double the rate of the general public.
PTSD has reached epidemic proportions in the fire service. Symptoms include intrusion, avoidance, negative cognition and mood, and alteration in arousal response.
Firefighters experience depressive disorders at more that twice the rate of the general public (17% vs 7%). Resources are available to help.
The firefighter is not the only one affected by the job. Spouses, partners, significant others, children and even parents can all face challenges.
Ask mental health professionals and they will tell you that everything is related to sleep. Many mental health (and physical) issues can be affected by poor sleep.
Please check out the VIDEO page for archived video presentations. This week we explore the issues of depression and manic depressive disorder This will enable firefighters and their loved ones to begin to recognize potential symptoms and what to expect during assessment and treatment. Please let us know what you think.
We encourage spouses, loved ones and the public to view these video newsletters. It may aid in understanding the Joliet Fire Department as well as your loved ones.
The Joliet Firefighters Peer Support believes that the path to Joliet Firefighter mental and emotional health begins with firefighters, clinicians, clergy, and public officials working together to provide support, education, and connection to resources to our firefighters and their families. The public can depend on firefighters. Firefighters can depend on their peer support network.
A Fire Department where all Joliet Firefighters and their families are holistically cared for by their peer network regarding all forms of mental and emotional health
We are a volunteer organization that has the best interest of firefighters in mind. Our firefighters have been trained to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Peer Support standards and are prepared to provide quality peer support.
To provide a safe, understanding environment dedicated to the overall health and well-being of the individual. Focused on building a therapeutic relationship which values each individual and their story.
Call (815) 353-3122 or (815) 353-3339
The Upper Room Crisis Hotline is motivated by the mercy and compassion of Jesus the Upper Room Crisis Hotline provides a non-
judgmental listening and referral hotline to anyone in spiritual need including clergy, Religious and lay
people of all faiths.
Call (888) 808-8724
Ed Arambasich email@example.com 217-316-4335
Chris Bay firstname.lastname@example.org 815-216-1740
James Boyd email@example.com 815-671-0630
Matt Christensen firstname.lastname@example.org 779-875-5146
Tom Douglas email@example.com 815-342-4574
Justin Farrar firstname.lastname@example.org 815-730-0850
Chris Groh 815-739-3448
Jeremy Hoffman email@example.com 815-353-6956
Aaron Kozlowski firstname.lastname@example.org 815-922-5348
Nate Kren email@example.com 815-210-2933
Jim Larson firstname.lastname@example.org 815-955-7041
John Lukancic email@example.com 815-530-2196
John Miller 815-955-6094
Nancy Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org 815-353-3339
Stan Nowicki email@example.com 815-954-1365
Mike Nurczyk firstname.lastname@example.org 815-529-0193
Courtney O'Brien email@example.com 815-353-3122
Chris O'Hara firstname.lastname@example.org 815-791-3063
Matt Pasteris email@example.com 815-671-6390
Dominick Perona firstname.lastname@example.org 815-909-4384
Jan Quillman email@example.com 815-726-7071
Burke Schuster firstname.lastname@example.org 815-730-3897
Mary Frances Seeley email@example.com 815-341-9124
Terry Smith firstname.lastname@example.org 630-988-7395
Mike Stapp email@example.com 815-690-6507
Mike Stromberg firstname.lastname@example.org 815-258-6880
Pat Wojewoda email@example.com 815-258-4725
Floyd Woods 815-409-1877
Q: Are you sure this is confidential?
A: Yes. We have already spoken to and rendered aid to several firefighters and have maintained confidentiality. Confidentiality is one of our core values.
Q: Is there a law that governs peer support in Illinois?
A: Yes. 5 ILCS 840/1, the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act establishes rules for peer support teams across the state.
Q: What is your purpose?
A: Our purpose is to care for the mental health of Joliet Firefighters and their Families.
Q: Is it true that annually there are more firefighter suicides than line of duty deaths (LODD)?
A: Unfortunately, yes. The firefighter suicide rate is far higher than the firefighter LODD rate. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 60 LODDs in 2017. Compare that to 91 suicides in the same year. This is a startlingly high number. Mental health care and identification of illness in the fire service must improve. Peer Support is a good start.
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