Suicide and Peer Support in the Fire Service
A vital video by The Carson J. Spencer Foundation
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If you have been affected by suicide in your role as a firefighter, you are not alone.

The Carson J Spencer Foundation has created educational video to help firefighters overcome the tragedy of suicide. The video illustrates the many ways suicide affects firefighters, showing a need to develop resources to support people in its aftermath. It also provides strategies and resources to best support firefighters affected by suicide, beginning the process of transitioning firefighters from the crisis of suicide to prevention efforts.

 

With a strong culture of stoicism, the fire service has often had a cultural taboo on dealing directly with mental health challenges such as trauma and grief. This video helps model for firefighters that it is understandable to be affected by difficult suicide calls and the suicidal behavior or death of a co-worker. By normalizing these concerns, firefighters are better able to take action to help support those affected and eventually take greater steps in suicide prevention efforts.

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“If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath—a wolf.


 

 

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Stephanie Conn, Registered Clinical Counsellor, R.C.C., specializing in issues affecting emergency services personnel. Former law enforcement officer and CISM peer support.  Vancouver B.C.

 



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