Here at 24-7 COMMITMENT we have the Fire Wife Sisterhood to encourage and support each other through the unique challenges of being married to a firefighter. On the flip side of the coin, we have the Honor Guard for the all you firefighters to help you be the best firefighters, husbands, fathers, and brothers you can be through your own unique challenges.
Sometimes those challenges require professional support that even your local department is unable to provide through their programs. We have gathered the best resources and articles we can find on the following topics:
Those awful calls involving loss of a child or inability to help someone in need. The stress of dealing with sleep interruption and the day to day battles with depression and anxiety that so many of us face in a season of our life but are exasperated by the stresses of a first responders job. These are just a couple examples of so many situations we may face in the fire life.
If you are struggling with PTSD or think you may be, we suggest reading:
There are many (but not enough!) resources out there to help you and your family through these challenges. Here are a few we suggest….
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Find the support, resources, and friendships you need to keep you strong. The Honor Guard (men) and Fire Wife Sisterhood (women) communities know what it is like to live the fire life. Get to know each other through local group meet ups and events.
We all know how important it is to have a “safety net” of people who can provide peer support, especially through tough times in life. Click here to get support.
Do you want to learn more about how to give support to fellow firefighters? We recommend taking the Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel at everyonegoeshome.com to understand how to better help your peers through hard situations and times.
For those struggling with addiction, ptsd, depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions, 360 Wellness is here to help you find the right counselor or treatment center that meets your needs, budget, and insurance plan coverage. Their hotline to connect with a wellness specialist (800-901-1640) is available 24 hours.
Whether it’s dealing with pure physical or emotional exhaustion, an awful call, a LODD, or daily struggles with depression and anxiety increased by the stresses of the job – First Responders don’t need to feel alone. THERAPY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
ON-DEMAND. ANYTIME. ANYPLACE.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis and you’ll be connected with a live trained Crisis Counselor.
Text HOME to 686868 in Canada to text with a trained Crisis Responder.