The Firefighters Mental Health and Wellness Program links emergency first responders and their families with qualified clinicians, psychologists and other social-service professionals who provide confidential, timely and affordable care. The program classifies “first responders” as fire, police, dispatch and emergency medical service personnel.
One endorsed provider is the non-denominational Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona, an agency that provides more than 100 sessions per quarter, to more than two dozen agencies, departments and districts. JFCS can be reached at 520-795-0300, Ext. 2363. Identify yourself as “fire service” personnel.
Since 1941, JFCS has provided expert help for families and individuals in crisis – including trauma, grief, children with challenges, depression, anxiety, substance counseling, and domestic violence. It offers a continuum of care, counseling and support during difficult times. Clients come from all faiths, age groups and economic backgrounds.
Firefighters and EMS professionals are often reluctant to ask for help – especially if it involves job-related issues, such as post-traumatic stress. They may also need help with other problems that many people face, such as depression, substance abuse, or family and financial issues.
Unhealthy coping behaviors can impact a firefighter’s ability to function effectively on the job and off. We identify and endorse licensed counselors who understand a public-safety worker’s unique lifestyle … and can provide service within a 24-hour time frame.
Since Jan. 1, 2014, the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation has covered the copay for an initial-visit session with approved mental-health providers. Our goal is to address issues in a timely manner, before they jeopardize a firefighter’s career.
Since our inception in 2008, the Fire Foundation has worked to identify other social-service and community resources in addition to health-and-wellness providers. If you need a referral or other supportive service for you or family members, please contact: [email protected]. Inquiries are completely confidential.