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.
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.
24/7 in Emergencies.
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 denial of critical issues that affect us, thus preventing us from seeking help.
Who better to understand issues and challenges with 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 aid. Separation from the fire service, health issues and lingering stress issues are all common.
Our core group of religious can provide spiritual aid for those in need.
Our Clinicians come from the Aspire Center for Positive Change in Channahon, IL. The are experienced experts in the areas of clinical counseling and social work.
Elected official support is critical to the success of our program. City of Joliet Councilwoman Jan Quillman is a trained peer supporter.
The Upper Room Crisis line provides 24/7 service for those with critical immediate behavioral issues.
An organizational structure and chain of command are critical to the proper operation of the Group. This includes use of a common command structure similar to the fire service. The JFPSG is organized using a modified version of the traditional peer support model put forth by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell.