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The Helping Hand: Episode 1, Part 1 - Week of 02/10/2020

This is the first episode of The Helping Hand, an online magazine designed to educate the members of the Joliet Fire Department and their families regarding mental health issues within the fire service.  It is produced by the Joliet Firefighters Peer Support Group.  This is the first of a two-part series examining the history and culture of both the fire service in general and the Joliet Fire Department, in particular.   History is critical to culture.

The Helping Hand: Episode 1, Part 2 - Week of 02/17/2020

This is the first episode of The Helping Hand, an online magazine designed to educate the members of the Joliet Fire Department and their families regarding mental health issues within the fire service.  It is produced by the Joliet Firefighters Peer Support Group.  This is the second of a two-part series examining the history and culture of both the fire service in general and the Joliet Fire Department, in particular.   History is critical to culture.

The Helping Hand: Episode 2 - Week of 02/24/2020

In this episode, we explore the issue of mental health among firefighters and their families.  We look at common issues and impediments to treatment seeking.

The Helping Hand: Episode 3 - Week of 03/02/2020

In this episode, we discuss the Joliet Firefighters Peer Support Group (JFPSG) in detail.  See what we can do!  

The Helping Hand: Episode 4 - Week of 03/09/2020

In this episode, we begin to discuss psychological first aid and signs of distress.

The Helping Hand: Episode 5 - Week of 03/16/2020

In this episode we briefly discuss the relationship of the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak as it relates to peer support.  We also look at the  requirements for a comprehensive behavior health and wellness program. 

The Helping Hand: Episode 6 - Week of 03/23/2020

In this episode, we begin our discussion of PTSD with a basic overview of symptoms and treatments.

Thre Helping Hand: Episode 7 - Week of 03/30/2020

In this episode, we explore Substance Use Disorder (SUD).  We examine signs, symptoms and potential treatments.

The Helping Hand: Episode 8 - Week of 04/06/2020

In this episode we discuss depression and manic depressive disorder.  We will examine signs, symptoms and treatments.

The Helping Hand: Episode 9 - Week of 04/13/2020

In this episode we discuss firefighter suicide. We examine risk factors, signs of suicidal behavior and who to call.

The Helping Hand: Episode 10 - Week of 4/20/2020

In this episode we discuss the April 2020 Peer Support Group Members  Meeting. We also discuss the new recruit training in peer support in  April; the survey results from March 2020 surveys; and upcoming weekly  support meetings for firefighters, first responders, nurses, and  families.