“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Firefighters face challenges the general population can’t fathom. You’re likely to see more in one shift than the average person sees in a lifetime. So, it makes a lot of sense that you might find yourself struggling at some point. It might be because of running too many “bad calls” but not always. Sometimes, you’re just struggling to deal with everyday stressors. Does any of this look familiar?
- Arguing more with your spouse or partner
- Keeping to yourself more than before
- Lashing out at the crew
- Feeling lazy or unmotivated
- Irritability, frustration, and anger
- Emotional numbness
- Difficulties enjoying things the way you used to
- Difficulties concentrating/Spaced out
- Being on edge or tense
- More difficulties dealing with “BS calls”
- Overanalyzing; trying to think your way out of difficult thoughts/feeling
Firefighters already have incredible resiliency and problem-solving skills that allow them to do their job effectively. Unfortunately, the same skills that work really well on the job don’t always work with family, friends, and loved ones.
There are also times when you might be dealing with more than just life stressors, like anxiety, depression, or potentially traumatic exposure.
Regardless of your struggle, our therapists use evidenced based practice that helps you build the skills necessary to confront difficult thoughts and feelings. This isn’t just talk therapy. You’ll be challenged to work on your behavioral health in and out of session in order to become the kind person and firefighter you want to be.
To schedule an appointment, call our dedicated first responder line at 813-531-9433 ext 9. You’ll then be directed to either select 9 again for a crisis, or 1 for an appointment.