Joliet Firefighters 
Peer Support Group

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Helpful Links


Suicide Hotline: The Upper Room Crisis Line (888) 808-8724

Suicide is an ever increasing problem within first responder groups.  If you are considering suicide, please seek help immediately.  You can do this by calling 911, by calling our peer support number 217-316-4335, or by calling the Upper Room Crisis Hotline at 888-808-8724.  The Upper Room Crisis Hotline is staffed 24/7 and is anonymous.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Link to Illinois State Law Regarding Peer Support

5 ILCS 840/1 is entitled the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act and was enacted in August 2019.  The full text is linked below. 

IAFF Center of Excellence

Firefighters can make use of the IAFF Center of Excellence 855-972-5115 for help with substance abuse, PTSD, and other recurring behavioral health issues.


The City of Joliet employee assistance program is through Lifeworks.  If you are uncomfortable calling the above resources, call Lifeworks at 888-267-8126.

Illinois Peer Support Network

If you are hesitant to speak with local firefighters, please make use of the Illinois Peer Support Network.  They provide and excellent service.  Call 855-90-SUPPORT.

Franciscan Firefighter Ministries

A special ministry for firefighters.

St. Florian Society

This group is for first responders in my life who continue to make a difference in my life and the lives of others ministering  acts of love and compassion to those in need. Let us keep each other in prayer and confidence as we serve God and his people! Amen. St. Florian, pray for us!

Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Since 2005, the non-profit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) has provided assistance and one-on-one mentoring to thousands of cancer-stricken firefighters and their families.

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a method of helping first responders and others who have been involved in critical incidents that leave them emotionally and/or physically affected by those incidents.  CISM is a process that enables peers to help their peers understand problems that might occur after an event.  This process also helps people prepare to continue to perform their services or in some cases return to a normal lifestyle.

Northern Illinois Critical Incident Stress Management Team

The Northern Illinois Critical Incident Stress Management (NICISM) Team is dedicated to providing immediate comprehensive crisis response interventions and pre-incident stress management education for emergency service personnel throughout the Chicagoland area.  Our service area includes the following counties:  Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Everyone Goes Home

The Everyone Goes Home® Program, founded by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, provides free training, resources, and programs to champion and implement the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. The goal of the Everyone Goes Home®  Program is to reduce the number of preventable firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries.

More Helpful Links


Mental Health America

The nation's leading community-based non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness.

National Council for Behavioral Health

Find information on all forms of behavioral disorders and Mental First Aid.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal  agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health  (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part  of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

World Health Organization

WHO, as the directing and coordinating authority on international health  within the United Nations system, adheres to the UN values of  integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.

The values  of the WHO workforce furthermore reflect the principles of human  rights, universality and equity established in WHO’s Constitution as  well as the ethical standards of the Organization.

These values  are inspired by the WHO vision of a world in which all peoples attain  the highest possible level of health, and our mission to promote health,  keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable, with measurable impact  for people at country level. We are individually and collectively  committed to put these values into practice. 

Aspire Center for Positive Change

The Aspire Center for Positive Change has partnered with the Joliet Firefighters Peer Support Group to provide clinician support and direction. The professional counselors and social workers at Aspire work with patients of all ages and address a wide variety of mental health issues. Please call or text them if you need clinical support (815) 353-3122.