When others need our help

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Who do we turn to

When we need help

We are there

Firefighters every day may find themselves dealing with:

Insomnia

Drug Abuse

PTSD

Depression

Problematic Drinking

Anxiety

You Are Not Alone
We Can Help

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PEER Supporters
Ready to Help

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OAPFF PEER Support

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We are listening

It's okay to ask for help

Need Immediate Help?

If you are having a crisis and in need of immediate assistance, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

WHY PEER SUPPORT

"Peer Support helps us feel safe, like we can trust somone from the same background with our thoughts, feelings and experiences"

PEER SUPPORT

OAPFF PEEER Support members are First Responders too. This allows them to help others deal with the issues that we see and deal with on a daily basis.

Insomnia

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Problematic Drinking

The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into drug dependence or alcoholism.

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Depression

Most of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. It's a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or injured self-esteem.

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Drug Abuse

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PTSD

It is normal to have stress reactions after a traumatic event. Your emotions and behavior can change in ways that are upsetting to you. 

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Anxiety

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.

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Peer Supporters Ready To Help

The OAPFF Peer Support Team will guide members who are struggling to resources which may be helpful in the path toward gaining assistance.  Peer Support Team members have been trained in therapeutic communication, crisis intervention, and community resource networking.

They can provide assistance to both active and retired firefighters who are experiencing behavioral health and/or addiction issues. Peer Support Team Members act as a bridge to outside definitive behavioral health/addiction treatment.

Research shows that fire personnel who balance physical, behavioral, and emotional fitness have the best outcomes, whether one is looking at adjustment to becoming a fire fighter, ratings of career satisfaction, family well-being, or adjustment to retirement.

Find Help

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THE STATS

This is fact..

132

First Responder Suicides in 2016, almost twice the line of duty deaths

390000

Career and volunteer firefighters suffer from PTSD Nationwide

26

OAPFF PEER Supporters Ready To Help

We are here to help, don't become a statistic.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SELF CARE

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Self-Care Techniques

As a first responder, you dedicate your life to your community. You enter headlong into situations where accidents and catastrophic events cause injuries and casualties.

Suicide Sucks

You think it's embarrassing to have PTSD, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts? In your line of work, it's far more common than you think. View the story of a SLC Fire Captain's journey to the end of the road, and how he made it back. Suicide Sucks as your solution. This is one video you don't want to miss.

Reactions to Trauma

Your reactions to critical events are normal; the situations you have witnessed are what’s unusual. You are human and have been immersed in catastrophic and risky experiences that could affect anyone. Even with training, crisis events can cause trauma.

Staying Well

Staying Well - A message to First Responders in the Opioid Crisis. Great video on the effects the Opioid Crisis has on First Responders.