The 2nd Alarm Project offers behavioral health resources to firefighters (career, volunteer, and retirees) and fire departments in the following counties across the Florida Panhandle: Bay, Calhoun, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwanee, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.
Our vision is that no firefighter in the Florida Panhandle will face mental health stigma or go without access to evidence-based, first-responder specific behavioral health resources, and that access to these resources will support mission readiness, preserve the force, and improve the long term health of firefighters, families, and retirees.
Our services include offering (1) no-cost, professional tele-counseling services by licensed, first-responder proficient mental health providers, (2) supporting departments in establishing or enhancing capacity of trained peer support teams, (3) providing state of the art mental health literacy materials, and (4) providing leadership development to reduce mental health stigma and promote culture change.
Learn more at www.2ndalarmproject.org
Potentially Helpful Books, Websites
- Sarkis, Stephanie Moulton (1/22/17). 11 Warning signs of gaslighting. Psychology Today (online).
- Jahnke, Sara (6/26/18). Firefighters must practice self-care to achieve post-traumatic growth. FireRescue1.com
- Barker, Eric (12/07/14). Barking Up the Wrong Tree Blog. The 4 most common relationship problems and how to fix them.
- Kirschman, Ellen (2004). I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know. NY: The Guilford Press.
- Positive Intelligence website: self-assessments to determine your Positive Intelligence Quotient (PQ) and to identify your Saboteurs (internal negative voices)
- Stangol, Luke (8/17/17). Shirzad Charmine: Five strategies to challenge negative thoughts. Insights by Stanford Business.
- Charmine, Shirzad (2016). Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours. Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group.
Tools to Measure and Reduce Stressors
- Jahnke, Sara (11/03/19). How to track behavioral health changes. FireRescue1.com.
- Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory
- Yerkes-Dodson Law: relationship between stress and performance
- Mental Health America: Anxiety Test (online self-assessment; submit to get results)
- Mental Health America: Depression Test (online self-assessment; submit to get results)
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: Trauma Screening Questionnaire
- Positive Intelligence: Identify your Saboteurs
- Dr. David Posen: Tips on how to address behavioral health issues including:
- The signs of stress
- How we create stress for ourselves
- Relaxation techniques
- Dealing with difficult people
- Work-life balance: How to set limits and boundaries
- Attitude is everything
- The art of reframing
General Behavioral Health Resources
- Sivak, Cathy (3/22/16). Why firefighters take their own lives. FireRescue1.com.
- Posen, David (2017). The Little Book of Stress Relief. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books.
- Van der Kolk, Bessel (2014). The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. NY: Penguin Books.
- https://firestrong.org/ – Contains department-specific resources for departments that set up profiles
- First Responder Center for Excellence (affiliate of National Fallen Firefighters Foundation)
- National Volunteer Fire Council: Share the Load
- Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance