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Stories, thoughts, and reflections from Mental Health First Aid
November 20, 2018

A Safe Space for Veterans to Share Their Stories –…

Men and women in the military are trained to protect themselves, their comrades and our country. In combat zones, service…

Mental Health First Aid, News, Veterans
November 15, 2018

You Can’t Outrun PTSD

“So many men and women who served our country did so much more than me and were in so much…

November 9, 2018

The Positive Impact of Mental Health First Aid on the…

When I was a child, I lost my grandfather, a WWII veteran, to suicide and my dad, a Vietnam veteran,…

Guest Commentary, News, Veterans
American flag with dog tags
November 6, 2018

Suicide Among Veterans and Why It Matters

Why do so many veterans die by suicide? Thomas Ricks is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, he reported…

News, Suicide, Veterans
veteran's family
October 31, 2018

You Can #BeTheDifference for Veterans in November Yes

It is estimated that there are 19.6 million veterans living in the U. S. While military service can increase resilience…

Be The Difference, News, Veterans
October 25, 2018

Alaskan Instructor Travels 700 Miles to Spread Mental Health First…

Jill Ramsey, a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, traveled more than 700 miles to teach a course in St. Paul,…

Mental Health First Aid, News, Rural Communities
October 23, 2018

I Respond to People on the Worst Days of Their…

Growing up, everyone I knew wanted to be a police officer, doctor or firefighter. Me? I wanted to be a…

Fire/EMS, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News
October 18, 2018

“What is the Worst Call You Have Ever Been On?”

 Have you ever asked a firefighter, “What is the worst call you has ever been on?” Don’t! Your well-meaning question…

Fire/EMS, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News
October 16, 2018

First Responders Suffer: How Mental Health First Aid Can Help

Some days John McCormack feels like he can take on the world. But then he hears a baby cry or…

Be The Difference, Fire/EMS, Mental Health First Aid, News
October 10, 2018

#BeTheDifference for Teens on World Mental Health Day Yes

Today is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s focus on adolescent mental health is timely. One in five teens…

Be The Difference, News, Youth Mental Health
fire truck driving through a city
October 4, 2018

Stepping Out of the Vacuum and Into the Community

We don’t provide our services in a vacuum. We are people who provide services to other people. And like many…

Fire/EMS, Guest Commentary, Mental Health First Aid, News
Firefighters leaning against a red fire truck
October 2, 2018

Here’s How You Can #BeTheDifference in October Yes

By any measure, 2018 has been a difficult year for firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) personnel. Firefighters in California…

Be The Difference, Fire/EMS, News

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