Stand Down for Suicide Awareness
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Fire service personnel are four times more likely to die of suicide than a traditional line-of-duty death in any given year. National surveys suggest nearly one in three firefighters has considered suicide. In the last four months, three California firefighters died by their own hand. In many cases, post-traumatic stress injury is the cause, and all too often, our brothers and sisters suffer in silence.
To help bring this pain out of the shadows, we are calling on all California fire departments to participate in a Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down
Share this message from CPF President Brian K. Rice to help get the conversation started.