Suicide Prevention

We woke up this morning to the tragic news of another celebrity committing suicide. (Anthony Bourdais). He is the second celebrity to take their own life this week, and it has been all over the national news.  Did you know that first responders are more likely to die from suicide than in-the-line-of-duty deaths?  There were approximately 250 reported suicides of police officers and firefighters last year alone.  What most people do not know is that about 40% of their suicides aren’t even reported.  When they are reported, it is rare that we even hear about them.

One of the contributing factors to this alarming suicide rate is that first responders witness about 200 critical events in their careers that have profound implications on their quality of life.  These critical events impact first responder’s lives and the lives of those closest to them as the majority of time they bring this emotional turmoil home with them at the end of their shift.

This is where FR1 comes in. I recently read that just 3-5% of the US law enforcement agencies have suicide prevention training programs.  FR1 is dedicated to providing an opportunity for our local first responders to get confidential emotional and psychological counseling free of charge.  Those in management at the departments have agreed that this is a much-needed service, and they are grateful that FR1 is willing to undertake this expense.  I had a conversation with an officer last week and explained this program to him, and he was extremely thankful for this opportunity, as he has just recently experienced a significant critical event.

This is where I take a moment and thank each and every one of you that are contributing to FR1 with your time, resources and prayers.  Our first responders need us now more than ever before.  Thanks so much for all you do for them.  It is an honor to serve them on your behalf.  –Lonnie

3 thoughts on “Suicide Prevention”

  1. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this fantastic blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.

    I look forward to new updates and will share this website with my Facebook group.

    Chat soon!

    1. Hi, thanks for reaching out to us. We have a Donate button on the menu bar at the top of our pages. Also, there is a Donate button superimposed over the photo at the top of our home page. We would be honored to have you donate to this ministry. Let us know if we can help with anything else.

      First Responders 1st

  2. Hi, thanks for reaching out to us. We use WordPress. The blog and its design is a part of the WordPress theme. Our site admin formats Lonnie’s posts and publishes them. We have found WordPress to be easy to work with and the response has been great.

    Good luck with starting your blog!

    First Responders 1st

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