This is a great video with a fantastic message. Please watch it all the way through.
It begins by talking about how firefighters cope with responding to suicides. It ends with information about suicide prevention. Great information, but it’s the stuff in between that is most important, I think.
Yes, this particular piece is geared specifically towards identifying co-workers who may be suicidal. However, the message fits for anyone experiencing any level of PTSD.
The take aways: Watch out for each other. Watch out for yourself. Talk! Don’t be afraid to ask if someone needs help. And especially don’t be afraid to ask for help for you….
There was a quote towards the end that I loved: “We are human beings first – firefighters second.”