SAVE THE DATE:
SUICIDE AWARENESS AND SAFETY STAND DOWN
Brothers and Sisters,
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. As part of Local 1014 and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s efforts to make behavioral health a priority for all our members, we will be engaging in a Department-wide Suicide Awareness & Safety Stand-Down. During the week of September 23rd through September 25th, our Department will be engaging in discussions curated by our peer support team, chaplains, and culturally competent mental health clinicians to bring this issue out of the shadows.
We know that as First Responders, saving lives is the most rewarding part of our profession, but the emotional burden of traumatic calls can overwhelm even the strongest among us. In the last four months, three California Firefighters died by their own hand. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause, and all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.
You will be receiving materials at your stations and sites with tools and resources to get the conversation started. Additionally, please continue to use the resources at your stations and sites to access our Peer Support Teams and Behavioral Health Resources or visit www.healingourown.org for resources and additional stand-down materials.
Don’t let our brothers and sisters suffer in silence. Your participation could save a life.
We wanted this message to stand-alone so its importance will resonate. Next week, we will be issuing an update on important items such as staffing, paramedic pay bonus, and announcing the members of the schedule change committee...stay tuned.