Being a First Responder, you may be routinely exposed to critical incidents.  You may reject, deny, and/or suppress your normal reactions to these abnormal events believing they are not appropriate for someone in your profession.  You may look to your peers to see if they too are experiencing anything similar, and not seeing any evidence, you may hide your reactions from your peers, loved ones, and even yourself.  You may feel shame that you are “not able to handle it” and believe you are alone in this experience. 

If you or someone you know is in crisis or suicidal, please contact


immediately for emergency assistance or call the

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline