NC Peer Support Team

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018

NC Peer Support Team

Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. The NC Peer Support Team helps to provide assistance to first responders in need. North Carolina Firefighter Peer Support is defined as assistance provided by a trained individual or group of trained firefighters and emergency responders who answer the call to their brothers and sisters in need, regardless of the need.

On Tuesday March 20th at 7:30pm the documentary Suicide the Ripple Effect will be screened at the North Hills Stadium 14 movie theatre. 

A recent survey of 4,000 first responders found that 6.6 percent had attempted suicide, which is more than 10 times the rate in the general population, according to a 2015 article published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. From an article in FireRescue1.com, first-responder training doesn’t prepare trainees for the mental impact of what they see, said Jeff Dill, a former Chicago-area fire chief who started to focus on mental health after seeing the struggles of coworkers who had responded to Hurricane Katrina. “They never told us all the things we’ll keep in our minds — the images, the brain deprivation, that cultural brainwash of being strong, keep things to yourself, don’t ask for help,” he said. With that in mind, Cary Area EMS has trained staff members to help each other in the time of need.

If you need to speak with someone right now, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.), or The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386  or you can reach Crisis Text Line by texting START to 741741.  If you are in crisis and considering harming yourself, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room and ask for the psychiatrist on call.