Reaching Out for Help

Don’t do it alone.

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.

We have gathered the best resources and articles we can find on the following topics. You’re just a click away:

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:

There are many (but not enough!) resources out there to help you and your family through these challenges. Here are a few we suggest….

Crisis Text Line

Free, 24/7 support

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

Other Countries:

  • 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.

Everyone Goes Home

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

Excusively for IAFF Members

It’s OK to ask for help

Treatment for successful recovery from substance abuse, PTSD and other co-occurring behavioral health issues.

Get the help you need right now.

Head to their website at or call 855-890-4916 today.