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A Fire Chief Tells His Tragic Story- FF Netcast Stand Down for Behavioral Health- Part 3

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“Those who suffer from mental health challenges, no matter to what degree, are wonderful and courageous people. They are no more weak or responsible for their illnesses than someone who is diagnosed with a terminal physical illness. Their diseases are as real as tumors on an X-ray and need the same support and level of treatment.”

Listen to the Firefighter Netcast’s Stand Down for Behavioral Health- Part 1

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Now more than ever before, we have an incredible amount of new resources with which to assist us as we begin to change our attitudes toward the way we address these behavioral health issues which have always been there, but we were always afraid to confront.

Anyone else notice the rate of fire service suicides is astronomical? Here’s what you need to know.

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Those who suffer from mental health challenges, no matter to what degree, are wonderful and courageous people. They are no more weak or responsible for their illnesses as is someone who is diagnosed with a terminal physical illness. Their disease is not something you can see like a tumor on an x-ray but it is just as real and needs support and treatment. As chief officers we must set up a system to provide help to those in need of treatment.” Hinsdale (IL) Fire Chief Pat Kenny (ret.)

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John Mitchell

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