While there are many areas of history and culture that firefighters can and should be proud of, one of our most glaring cultural failures has been the manner in which we view and treat mental health within our ranks. This gives rise to a denial of critical issues that affect us, thus preventing us from seeking help.
The Joliet Firefighters Peer Support Group (JFPSG) was founded to provide support to our firefighters and their families. We have volunteers that may be contacted regarding job issues, family issues, addiction issues, or other problems. We have professional counselors and suicide specialists ready to help.
Who better to understand issues and challenges with active firefighters than other firefighters. Our core group of firefighters come from all experience ranges and ages.
Just because a firefighter is retired does not mean they do not require or render aid. Separation from the fire service, health issues and lingering stress issues are all common.
Our core group of religious and clergy can provide spiritual aid for those in need.
Our Clinicians come from the Aspire Center for Positive Change in Channahon, IL. They are experienced experts in the areas of clinical counseling and social work. Courtney Doyle-O'Brien, Nancy Nelson, Aubrey Thornton, and Carissa Silunas have all donated their time and effort to protect the mental health of our firefighters and their families.
Support from other sources is critical to the success of our program. City of Joliet Councilwoman Jan Quillman is a trained peer supporter and the support from our extended community is fantastic. We thank all in the community who support our efforts to ensure firefigthter mental health.
The Upper Room Crisis Hotline provides 24/7 service for those with critical immediate behavioral issues or a forum to just talk. It is based in the Catholic Tradition, but anyone who needs help is encouraged to call. The creator of the Upper Room, Sr. Mary Frances Seeley, Ph.D. is our suicidologist.
To provide a safe, understanding environment dedicated to the overall health and well-being of the individual. Focused on building a therapeutic relationship that 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
Sage Bodywork & Wellness is a small group of smart therapists and instructors dedicated to improving your well-being. We carefully apply principles of holistic healing to address a wide range of conditions and symptoms. Whether you are seeking bodywork, yoga, or meditation, our many years of combined experience will leave you balanced and better equipped to move through your day.
Call (779) 205-8055
Our group hosts open online support meetings weekly. We alternate between Tuesday evenings at 7 PM and Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. Click FIND OUT MORE to see schedule and registration information.
We offer our firefighters, retirees, and their families 24/7 peer support resources. See our Operations Manual by clicking below.
Over 60 % of all active firefighter deaths result from suicide. See our Suicide Prevention Manual by clicking the icon below.
The FYRE Program was developed to provide special attention to our new recruits and retirees. Check out out our manual by clicking below.
Our group hosts free weekly support group meetings on the Zoom meeting platform. First responders, families, retirees and loved ones are welcome to attend. This is not a set, mandatory group, one can attend as needed.
Suicide is an epidemic in the fire service. Please call us or 9-1-1 if you are having suicidal thoughts. Our clinicians and suicidologists are experts in this field. There is help, there is hope. Check our DOCUMENTS page to see our suicide prevention plan.
PTSD has specific symptom clusters. Our peer supporters are here to listen. Our clinicians are here to treat. Please call or text (855) JFD-PEER.
Though many do not see it as so, your spiritual health is critical to your overall well-being. Our spiritual counselors are available to help.
Our group strives to help care for the needs of our firefighters and their families. This not only involves being healthy but also staying healthy physically, psychologically, and spiritually. We have recently partnered with Sage Bodywork & Wellness in Joliet to help our firefighters, retirees, and families with their wellness goals.
The fire service can have profound effects on spouses, family and friends. We are here to help everyone involved in the firefighter's life. Please call us or email us with questions or suggestions.
When issues are past the knowledge and skills of the Peers, we have the ability to refer you to our Clinician partners at Aspire- Center for Positive Change located in Channahon, IL.
When critical events occur, our Group has the training to provide individual crisis intervention to members and their families using the IAFF A-B-C Model.
We know that seeking firefighter peer support can be difficult. We provide presence and continuing outreach for our firefighters and their families.
Seek help NOW! There is HOPE! Call or text (855) JFD-PEER,
Call or text the Upper Room Crisis Line (888) 808-8724,
Call or text Aspire Center for Positive Change (815) 353-3122.
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