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Depression, Suicide Risk, Drug Addiction, Anxiety, Stress, PTSD, Relationship Problems, Work Related Concerns, Psychological issues.
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NAFFVN ALONG WITH AMERICAN ADDICTIONS CENTERS AND THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL have teamed up to provide 24/7/365 crisis coverage to support you on the front lines of your community. Use the number. It could save your life. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Firefighter mental health is an issue that many people do not think about. We strive daily to fight firefighter depression and firefighter stress.
The North American Firefighter Veteran Network aims to provide essential resources f or current and former firefighters and their families. Devoting one’s life to this sort of service can lead to many psychological problems due to trauma and other difficult circumstances. If you are concerned about firefighter mental health, you should rea d all of the information on this site. We regularly post updates about online support groups, therapy programs, and even seminars that are designed to help combat firefighter depression and firefighter stress. To learn more about what we do and how you can help, contact us. We hope that you will join us in our battle to bring about awareness that firefighter mental health is a true concern in our society.
NAFFVN Recommended Treatment Facility in Canada:
The link to this web site will take you to VA approved pts treatment for members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP who want culturally competent access to treatment for ptsd. It is also a program for First Responders in Fire Law Enforcement and EMS. This is Canada wide with a location out of Vernon B.C.
Clinician Dr. Gordon Davidson leads a multi talented team and shapes the treatment for First Responders who need the understanding and depth that Trauma Informed Clinicians bring to our recovery. Note: There is a unique connection to Clinician Dr. Sandra de Blois for women First Responders and Military Veterans. Dr. de Blois has been interviewed extensively by NAFFVN and her program component is Trauma Informed in using MBEAT. Contact Dr. Davidson here: http://www.operationalstressrecovery.ca/
A VITAL TRAINING VIDEO FOR ALL FIRE FIRST RESPONDERS
NAFFVN thanks Miami Dade Fire and Rescue for the following video titled "Firefighter Survival Beyond the Call"
As you listen and watch this video as a training assignment in understanding stress in the service, remember, USE THE TOOLS IN YOUR TOOL BOX, all of them, to FIGHT BACK on the WATER HAMMER that STRESS produces in our work.
click on the link, listen and learn about stress from a firefighterveteran point of view. Each one of the people in the video are veteran firefighters.
Serve and Protect 15 minute Video.
We have watched this you tube video and approve of it's message for ALL FIRST RESPONDERS. Take a time out with yourself and review the content in a comfortable setting. The author is a long serving L.E.O. and a Fire Chaplin. The video offers an excellent insight into our thoughts and response to ptsd along with some very helpful tools you can use in the tool box of understanding. NAFFVN GOLD RATING. Watch and learn. Also share with your partners or as a station drill.
N.A.F.F.V.N. Mission Statement:
Fire Fighters and First Responders are being increasingly challenged to meet operational assignment demands. Incident complexity and a rise in personnel time demands have lead to amplified stress levels. This is causing individuals to carry more and more responsibilities with fewer opportunities to recover from assignments.
Acute stress, job burn out and post traumatic stress reactions on the front line are becoming more evident in North America. We all need to become better educated in order to respond to the needs of the First Responders. Education has the power to move a negative outcome into a positive one. First Responders, both professional and volunteer, will have access to the educational tools on this website in order to grow and learn within their discipline.
N.A.F.F.V.N. is dedicated to the education of fire fighters, and first responders. We will provide up to date information as well as current Internet links to stress-related websites.
F.I.R.S.T. S.T.E.P. H.O.P.E
Tell a Friend or Co worker, someone you trust
Employ all available means of assistance including competent
Psychological help from someone trained in stress / asd / ptsd assesment treatment.
Engaging in process or Exiting the Profession.
Shannon H. Pennington, Senior Chief