Mental Health

mental health flyer In America, Arizona and the Tucson community’s response systems first responders are the first to offer aid and come to your assistance – but first responders are often the last to ask for help for themselves.  A  first responder who has made the decision to seek therapy or counseling is most likely to ask for help for a family member, child, spouse, or parent – and needs a rapid response and access to qualified resources and providers who understand their unique lifestyle, personality and demographic.  When someone who is accustomed to being the one who delivers aid is faced with a just a list of providers who accept the insurance can be daunting- especially if they are told that they “aren’t taking new patients” or “the first available appointment is in 6 weeks”.  The Fire Foundation’s commitment is to ensure that firefighters and their families get rapid access to qualified mental health care professionals who often can be seen within 24 hours of a phone call. The Fire Foundation also actively solicits donations from the public to ensure that access to care is not denied due to a lack of financial security.  If you or your agency are outside of the Fire Foundation resources and would like to discuss how to set up and access resources within your jurisdiction, please let us know – you can  e-mail anytime at [email protected]

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.

 

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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.