Our mission is to provide support and wellness to our fellow firefighters and their families though the process of listening , referral and support.
Each member of the Orlando Firefighters Peer Support Team has been trained to guide and support you through your situation.
Orlando Firefighters Peer Support Team members are not professional counselors. However, each team member has been through extensive training to listen, refer, and support you through your mental health needs.
Each member of the Orlando Firefighters Peer Support Team can be contacted directly and anonymously. (MORE)
Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event that caused intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
PTSD can result from personally experienced traumas (e.g., rape, war, natural disasters, abuse, serious accidents, and captivity) or from the witnessing or learning of a violent or tragic event.
While it is common to experience a brief state of anxiety or depression after such occurrences, people with PTSD continually re-experience the traumatic event; avoid individuals, thoughts, or situations associated with the event; and have symptoms of excessive emotions.
People with this disorder have these symptoms for longer than one month and cannot function as well as they did before the traumatic event.
PTSD symptoms usually appear within three months of the traumatic experience; however, they sometimes occur months or even years later.
Sleep deprivation occurs when a person does not get sufficient amounts of quality sleep. Work demands, family life, and lifestyle choices may cause a person to sleep fewer hours than their body needs to maintain wakefulness and energy levels.
In the Fire Service most of us work 24 hour shifts and run numerous calls after midnight. Getting up in the middle if the night multiple times interrupts the body’s natural wake/sleep cycle. Over time deprivation of sleep can have both an acute and cumulative effect on our bodies and minds.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SUICIDE RISK
According to the American Association of Suicidology, the following are signs and symptoms of suicide:
Ideation- Having suicidal thoughts or ideations
Substance abuse- excessive or increased amount of substance use
Purposelessness- feeling no reason for living
Anxiety- anxiety or agitated with insomnia or excessive sleep
Trapped- feeling no way out of the situation they are in
Hopelessness- having no expectation of good or success
Withdrawal- Withdrawal from friends, family, or society
Anger- Uncontrolled anger or rage
Recklessness- Acting or engaging in risky or reckless behaviors
There is absolutely nothing wrong enjoying and ice cold drink or two with some buddies; however, when one drink starts to turn into fifteen frequently then it might be time to recognize a potential problem developing.
Alcoholism (aka alcohol dependence) is when a person shows signs of physical dependence on alcohol, constantly having a strong need to drink, and loss of consumption control. Not only does alcohol lead to physical and mental health issues, it can put strains on relationships and responsibilities.
Alcoholism starts controlling every aspect of your life and more often times than not will destroy everything in its path.