The Delaware State Fire School is working with various partners to bring you more information for your health and wellness while serving. These health concerns include but go beyond the simple topic of physical fitness. We hope to bring multiple health resources together in one location for your reference, for whatever your need related to the Fire and Emergency Services.
The information we are sharing is just a small portion of the help available to you and your fellow first responders. We want to make sure that if you need help in any way to become healthier, that we help you get where you need to be, physically or mentally.
There are many resources available to help encourage your members and staff to lead healthier lifestyles to improve their health and physical performance.
Understanding the toll that regular exposure to extreme incidents can to do any responder is important to understand their basic mental health. Knowing that traumatic stress can affect anyone, including yourself, is important for not only your own health but that of your members and your family. Many resources are available for you to take advantage of. They range from counseling to anonymous phone lines to those who understand your position and let you talk. It is important to let your problems out, be addressed, and to allow healing to begin.
When those of us don’t get the help we need, stress can take a terrible toll on the mind and body. For some, it can be more than they can handle alone. This can happen to the strongest people in the field when they least expect it. Sometimes they reach out to those close to them. At times, they keep withdrawn. While some may not show signs of severe depression or a problem, many do. We must help guide those who need our help.
Training is available to help others cope with mental health and stress. This is offering others private, anonymous help, as well as Critical Incident Stress Management to our brothers and sisters in their time of need surrounding a stressful incident or time.
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