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Public safety is an emotional and stressful career. First responders are responsible for helping people through the most difficult moments of their lives. Sometimes, those moments end in joy. Sometimes, they end in quite the opposite way. Both cases may elicit a wide range of emotions — stress, anxiety, fear, or exhaustion.

If you are experiencing feelings of hopelessness, having suicidal thoughts, engaging in self-destructive behavior, or other signs of crisis, we encourage you to text “Life” to 61222 to get in touch with a trained counselor who can help you work through these feelings as well as make a plan for long-term help.

Resources for first responders:

  • The Code Green Campaign – Raises awareness of the high rates of mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide among first responders.
  • Safe Call Now – Non-profit run by first responders, for first responders.
  • Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance – A non-profit aimed at educating first responders about behavioral health issues and reducing suicide.
  • Share The Load – Run by the National Volunteer Fire Council, this program has several courses and webinars available   aimed at educating responders on how to deal with some of the job specific stresses faced by first responders.

Resources for military members:

  • Resource locator to find VA and community resources in your area.
  • The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.
  • Watch videos about finding support in tough times.

KNOW THE SIGNS

If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of these signs, text “Life” to 61222*.

Trained, compassionate counselors are ready to help.

If you believe that the person’s life is in imminent danger, call 911.