Reaching Out for Help
There will be times in life when we can’t do it alone. Sometimes challenges require professional support that even your local department is unable to provide through their programs. This may be one of those times that you cannot do it alone. Now is not the time to shy away from asking for help. Here are some good resources that may be able to assist you in working through the trials of crisis.
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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 many may face in the fire life, and those topics span into our every day lives.
If you (or a loved one) are struggling with any Behavioral Health needs or PTSD , we suggest finding resources immediately and seeking counseling if at all possible. A few of our resources include these great reads:
- When a Firefighter Needs Help
- Life, Death, and Healing Hearts
- Disarming Your Irritable Sleep Deprived Firefighter
- Now a Word from Firefighter Husband – “Act Natural”
There are many (but not enough!) resources out there to help you and your family through these challenges. Here are a few we suggest….
Join an Online Community
Here at FirefighterWife.com we have Online Communities for both firefighters and their spouses that are dedicated to honoring, strengthening, and supporting Fire Service Marriages and Families.
We have the Fire Wife Sisterhood (for all women in committed relationships with a firefighter) to encourage and support each other through the unique challenges of being married to (or in a commitment relationship with) a firefighter. On the flip side of the coin, we also have the Honor Guard (for male firefighters) to help you be the best firefighters, husbands, fathers, and brothers you can be through your own unique challenges.
Find the support, resources, and friendships you need to keep you strong. The Honor Guard and Fire Wife Sisterhood communities know what it is like to live the fire life. Engage in an online community specifically for those of us living the fire life. 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.
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: All you have to do is send a text, anytime, about any type of crisis and you’ll be connected with a live trained Crisis Counselor.
- USA: Text HOME to 741741
- Canada: Text HOME to 686868
- United Kingdom:Text HOME to 85258 Shout is an affiliate of Crisis Text Line in the UK that provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. Shout is available in the UK, including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
- Other: Crisis Text Line is working on expanding the countries they serve, for more on their International Expansion Click Here
Share The Load – National Volunteer Fire Council
Taking care of your mental health is as important as managing your physical health. The NVFC’s Share the Load™ program provides access to critical resources and information to help first responders and their families manage and overcome personal and work-related problems. This includes the free, confidential Fire/EMS Helpline.
Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives by The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation
Do you want to learn more about how to give support to fellow firefighters? In March 2004, a Firefighter Life Safety Summit was held to address the need for change within the fire service. At this summit, the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were created and a program was born to ensure that Everyone Goes Home.
Our goal is to help the U.S. Fire Administration achieve its objective of reducing the number of preventable firefighter fatalities.
Learn more at EveryoneGoesHome.com
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