For every dollar earned, Camille Marie Coaching donates 5% to the National Volunteer Fire Council, Share the Load Program. This program is dedicated to supporting fire and EMS staff to reduce the incidence of suicide rates among first responders. Why? The statistics speak for themselves;
FireRescue1 reported on April 13, 2018, "A recent study found that more firefighters and police officers died by suicide in 2017 than all line-of-duty deaths combined.
USA Today reported that 103 firefighters and 140 police officers died by suicide in 2017, compared to 93 firefighter and 129 officer line-of-duty deaths, according to the Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that fights for the rights of people with disabilities. The study also found that little has been done to address PTSD and depression in responders, even though they are five times more likely than civilians to suffer from symptoms."
I do not know a firefighter or police officer who has not been impacted by the loss of one of their own to suicide. And each time it happens again, the same pain returns. I believe we can do better for our first responders. It takes awareness, education and a cultural shift in the departments which I know is achievable.