Did you know . . .
. . . we lose more police officers and firefighters to suicide every year than are killed in the line of duty?
. . . the rate of suicidal thinking among paramedics is at least 10 times greater than in the general population?
. . . that dispatchers and corrections officers are at a greater risk for suicide due to stress-related issues?
. . . that the greatest concerns of first responders are the stigma associated with mental health issues and their departments’ seeming lack of support?
Originating as a campaign from Humanizing the Badge, our unique Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program seeks to address those concerns, and to teach emergency services personnel how to help one another – and themselves – deal with the unique stresses of their chosen profession.
If you are struggling, it’s time to Call for Backup!