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Wednesday, May 13

10 — 11:45  a.m.

suicide risk management: creating a culture of psychological safety

The rate of suicide nationally has grown exponentially in the Fire Service. While there are resources available to all first responders in their time of need, they are not being utilized. We believe that there needs to be a culture change in leadership that will positively influence use of these “safety nets”. This culture change can bring about a natural inclination to use behavioral/mental health resources by making them more visible, accessible, and affordable. These resources need to be included with an already robust focus on firefighter wellness.

This presentation will prepare attendees to initiate and implement mental/behavioral health and suicide risk management strategies designed to elicit culture change from within the organization. We will present methods that allow for free discussion and exploration of behavioral health. We will identify obstacles to culture change and how to dismantle them from the top down (leadership to rank and file). We will aid organizations in the establishment of initiatives that can be presented quickly and effectively, as well as policy development. Finally, we will highlight current resources that aid in the use of and information about behavioral/mental health and suicide risk management.

Cost: Free

INSTRUCTOR:  Nancy Wesselink