Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down Week: September 7-11, 2020
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and it is critical, now more than ever, to bring awareness that Southern Marin Fire District is participating along side fellow California fire stations in the Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention and Awareness Safety Stand Down. During the week of September 7th through September 11th fire agencies across the state will be setting aside time to conduct exercises and initiate the conversation on mental wellness.
A firefighter you know could be suffering in silence and your participation in the Suicide Awareness Safety Stand Down could save a life. It’s time we break the stigma, together.
Southern Marin Fire District will be sharing a 5-part series from September 7th through 11th in hope to bring suicide awareness to focus. Internally, SMFD will discuss the impact of the job, how to give and get help, and where to go for resources. Together we can help end the stigma that our brothers and sisters are not alone.
Here are a few different key topics that will be discussed:
Spotting the signs
If you see something, say something
Steps for good mental health
Ending the stigma
Changing the culture in the firehouse
Do you know a firefighter? Please share these tools and resources below:
Firefighters, please visit website url: HealingOurOwn.org
Immediate assistance, call phone number: 1-800-273-8255
Additional resources for Marin County:
Marin County Mental Health & Substance Use Services
20 N. San Pedro Road, Suite 2028
San Rafael, CA 94903
CRISIS INTERVENTION & Access/Service Referral Number