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Straight Talk: Let's Discuss Suicide

Wednesday, April 26
It is difficult to comprehend the complexities that encompass the thoughts, emotions, processing, and act of suicide. The collective pain and suffering of those who have died by suicide and of their loved ones can be challenging to grasp. Join this intimate conversation about suicide with leaders in the fire service and mental health arena. The class will begin with a video created by Rob Maloney of Cool Water Multimedia for the NFFF to set the tone and guide an open discussion between the panelists and attendees. The intent is to facilitate thoughtful perspectives on suicide and spark ideas on how to shift from reactive approaches to preventive ones. Panelists include Frank Leto, former director of the FDNY Counseling Center; and Firefighter Ric George, resilience author and speaker.
Daniel DeGryse, Battalion Chief (Ret.); Director - Chicago (IL) Fire Department; Rosecrance Florian Program