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Friday Update 10-12-18
Updated On: Oct 12, 2018

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel

FRIDAY UPDATE 

Brothers & Sisters, 

This week, the nation celebrated World Mental Health Day. Observed on October 10th each year, World Mental Health Day helps raise awareness for mental health issues and encourages organizations to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. 

Last year, more Firefighters died from suicide than from on-duty events. National surveys suggest nearly one in three Firefighters has considered suicide. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause, and all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.  As Firefighters and First Responders, we are conditioned to be tough and strong—we are conditioned to be superheroes for our community. However, just like physical health, behavioral health is something that must be conditioned and maintained. Local 1014 would like to remind our members to take a moment to check in with your brothers and sisters and to utilize the resources in your stations via the Local 1014 Mental Health Resources poster. Don’t let this issue live in the shadows. 

Your Local 1014 Executive Board is committed to continuing this fight to break the silence, and is leading this fight at the local and state levels.  To that end, Local 1014 will be participating in the Public Safety Peer Support Association's 3rdAnnual “Wellness on the Front Line” Conference. Our Local 1014 team will be participating in seminars on topics including: post-traumatic stress disorder, peer support responses to critical incidents, facing adversity, resilience, peer support program development, responses to the Montecito Mudslides, 2017 Las Vegas 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting, and other important topics. We are dedicated to learning all we can to help support our members and get them the care they need to stay healthy. 

Be safe out there and take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and your Executive Board


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