Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources for Everyone

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Hotline Online Chat

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

I Am Alive Mental Health Crisis Chat

https://www.imalive.org/

Crisis Text Line

Text 741741

For more information:

https://www.crisistextline.org/texting-in

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources Specifically for First Responders

Fire and EMS Helpline (Specializes in Fire and EMS)

1-888-731-3473

CopLine (Law Enforcement Only)

800-267-5463

Safe Call Now

206-459-3020

Code Green Campaign

http://codegreencampaign.org/resources/

 There are more resources being developed daily. If you know of a resource that we do not have listed and want to let us know so it can be added to our list, please call the office at 434-295-6146 or contact Ethan directly at eclark@vaems.org.

In 2017, more firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement officers committed suicide than those who lost their lives in the line of duty (LODD). Approximately 93 Firefighters and/or EMTs lost their life in the line of duty, whereas 129 committed suicide. Approximately 103 police officers lost their lives performing their duties, 140 committed suicide.

If we look at that in perspective, there were a total of 196 LODDs in 2017. There were a total of 269 suicides in 2017.

That is 465 individuals who lost their lives. 58% of those deaths were due to suicides.

Reach out of you need help, talk to someone.

If you or anyone you know needs mental health and suicide prevention resources, please see the resources.

Friday Fact 12/14/18

When we look at mental health in first responders, 85% of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health issues. 84% of first responders have experienced traumatic events, 34% were diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Of that percentage: 27% was diagnosed with depression 47% of which cited incidents related to the profession as the originating cause; 10% diagnosed with PTSD, 75% of those who were diagnosed with PTSD received treatment.

 First responders are more likely to suffer from PTSD, depression, and mental health issues than the general public. These numbers are not the end all be all, many cases go undiagnosed or undiscussed.

You are not alone, talk to someone. Reach out. Get help. Help others.

If you need mental health awareness or suicide prevention resources, please see the resources.