PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 5 fire service members will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during their career. Many more will experience post-traumatic stress.

Join us this month to recognize the signs and symptoms of PTSD, learn about available support options, explore post-traumatic growth, and discover how to be a resource for others.

Mark your calendars for our activity lineup below, and stay tuned to IAFF social media outlets (@iaffofficial) throughout the month.

EVENTS

  • Tuesday, June 18: Are a you Peer Support Team Coordinator that would benefit from the support and interaction of other team leads across the country? Join us on for the kick-off of the IAFF’s first Peer Support Coordinator Collaborative group. Contact [email protected] to register.
  • Friday, June 21: Join the IAFF Peer Support Instructor team for a live interactive webinar on the role of peer support in post-traumatic outreach: 
    • Providing Outreach After Potentially Traumatic Events
      June 21 / 12 p.m. ET 
      Watch recorded webinar here.
  • Accelerated PTSI Treatment Opportunity (Study)
    NDRI-USA is recruiting study participants for an accelerated, four-day intervention designed to help fire fighters coping with PTSD and insomnia, as an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Travel is at participant expense, while lodging, meals, and therapy is provided at no cost. Events are hosted in Kansas and space is available in the following upcoming sessions: June 3-6, June 24-27, July 15-18, and July 29-Aug. 1. If you are interested in learning more, see their flyer, sign up here, or contact project manager Carrie Sutherland at [email protected].

UPCOMING CLASSES

Combatting occupational stress starts with taking of yourself and taking care of others. New dates have been added for Resiliency and Peer Support Training. Register today for a live virtual IAFF Resiliency Training or IAFF Peer Support Training this summer. Space is first come first served.

RESOURCES

Contact [email protected] for questions or visit www.iaff.org/behavioral-health to learn more about IAFF behavioral health programming.