Although substantial progress has been made in reducing the stigma of mental illness, many people continue to consider mental illness a relatively rare affliction. Yet, in the United States, about one of every four American adults suffer from a mental disorder for any given year (NIMH Fact Sheet). Thus, mental illness is quite common.
In addition, mental illness is costly. The NIMH states “The burden of mental illness on health and productivity in the United States and throughout the world has long been underestimated.”
FirefighterCloseCalls.com has developed a resource related specifically to Firefighter Personal Survival:
“PERSONAL SURVIVAL” are those issues related to the emotional and mental aspects of the job: and how they affect you, your members and just as equally important, the members of your families.
Make no mistake about it, the issue of Firefighter “personal survival” is a very real one and this article will help you better understand just how real it is: http://tinyurl.com/2agjbj8 Click it and read about how 4 Phoenix (AZ) Firefighters have committed suicide in 7 months.
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