Stand Down for Suicide Awareness

WATCH: Los Angeles County Fire and LA County Local 1014 Suicide Awareness Training Video

Firefighters are asked to face horrors few can imagine, from mass casualty events, to the intimate pain of a child dying in their arms. It can take its toll on even the strongest individuals. Sometimes, the stress boils over. Sometimes, it can kill.

Last year, more firefighters died from suicide than from on-duty events. National surveys suggest nearly one in three firefighters has considered suicide. In the last two months, three California firefighters died by their own hand. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause, but all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence. 

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. To help bring this pain out of the shadows, all California fire departments are being urged to participate in a Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down, through September 14.

Los Angeles County Fire Department and LA County Firefighters Local 1014 prepared this training video for their firefighters as part of the stand down, beginning on Sept. 12.

In addition to the video, the local has created some tools to get the conversation started.

For additional tools and information, go to www.HealingOurOwn.org/lending-a-hand

Carroll Wills