Self-Care and Emotional Wellness in the Fire Service
Wednesday, April 26
Dive deep into the emotional wellness issues firefighters face and identify simple, practical self-care practices that firefighters can use to build emotional wellness and resiliency amidst stressful and potentially traumatic careers. The instructor is a first responder counselor who comes from a family of first responders. Her experience growing up with a family who brushed emotion under the rug and neglected self-care for the sake of 'manning up' taught her what not to do, and it informed the way she interacts with first responders. This presentation will help firefighters identify the common emotional wellness issues that bring them down; recognize how compulsive working is avoidance behavior and how anger is a door to something much deeper going on; and take intentional steps to build wellness by using fitness, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, humor, and relationships. It will also take an in-depth look at some of the most effective evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety, and PTSD so firefighters can see what treatments are available.'