Stand down for behavioral health and suicide awareness

September 9th – 13th, 2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. To help bring this topic out of the shadows, we are calling on all California fire departments to participate in a Behavioral Health Suicide Awareness Safety Safety Stand Down.

During the week of September 9th through September 13th, drills and activities should be canceled and replaced by kitchen table sessions with behavioral health and suicide awareness as the focus. Discuss the impact of the job, how to give and get help, and where to go for resources. Use this page as a tool to get the conversation started.

For you, your family and your brothers and sisters, take the time to address the impacts the job can have on our behavioral health. A firefighter you know could be suffering in silence. It’s time to break the silence and break the stigma, together.

Your participation in the Suicide Awareness Safety Stand Down could save a life.


Episode Six of CPF’s new podcast, CPF Fire Wire. Listen as President Brian K. Rice and Assistant Fire Chief, Oxnard Fire Department and Suicide Intervention Counselor Alex Hamilton. They discuss the impacts of the job on behavioral health, the need to break the stigma and the vital role peer support plays in getting firefighters the help they need. Tune into this podcast to learn the signs and resources that are available. If you or someone you know is in crisis and considering suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1.800.273.8255