September is Suicide Prevention Month, and September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. To help facilitate discussions at your department, the Fire College along with Alabama First Responder Peer Support would like to share some resources that might be helpful.

Alabama First Responder Peer Support exists to provide free, confidential peer support to firefighters, EMS professionals, and dispatchers. If you’d like to reach out, call 1(833)219-2461 or email peersupport@alabamafirecollege.org.

  • Taking care of your mental health is as important as managing your physical health. The National Volunteer Fire Council’s Share the Load™ program provides access to critical resources and information to help first responders and their families manage and overcome personal and work-related problems. This includes the Directory of Behavioral Health Professionals as a resource to find local assistance for behavioral health issues, as well as the Fire/EMS Helpline, which offers free 24-hour assistance with addiction issues. Upcoming Webinars can be found here.