Jumpseat Radio 110 It is ok to ask for Help

In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington shares some personal experience with Mental Health Support and how it can make a world of difference in your Fire Service Career.

Topics Covered

Why do we struggle.. .  

  •         Kids 
  •         Spouse 
  •         Trauma 
  •         Business 
  •         EGO
  •         Afraid to ask for help 

Signs you should look for 

  •         Temper outbreaks 
  •         No patience with kids and spouse 
  •         No breaks from long stretches 
  •         Don’t want to go to work 
  •         Know your signs 

Why should you ask for help 

  •     Because WE care about you 
  •     You don’t have to do this alone 
  •      Many of us have been through similar situations 
  •     It’s more than just being tough 
  •     if you not “tough” its ok 

Where do you start 

  •     Find someone you know love and trust 
  •     Don’t hold it in.  talk to someone 
  •     Find a counselor.  Maybe EAP, But google is where I started 
  •     Realize that there is more than just you! 
  •     Turn off your phone and detach from social media 
  •     find something other than fire 

    

We are our Brothers and sisters keeper..   

  • Get to know your people 
  • Invest in them by knowing them 
  • Ask questions 
  • Spend time off duty 
  • Pay attention 
  • Debrief after bad calls 
  • Debrief after home life events.. 

Resources

Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance   http://www.ffbha.org/

Next Rung                                                https://www.nextrung.org/

 

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