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Aerial view Sunday, June 12, 2016 of the mass shooting scene at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. A gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said.

Pulse Nightclub Shooting Revealed Need for Support, Training For First Responders

The Orlando Fire Department expanded mental health services and Orlando Regional Medical Center amplified training protocols.

Project Mayday: Nancy Carbone

Friends of Firefighters has become a non-profit that is creating real change with mental wellness among first responders.
The EMS P.O.D.

The EMS P.O.D.: Mental Health

May was Mental Health Awareness Month and this episode focuses on the story of a firefighter/paramedic who had a traumatic on-duty discovery.
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We Need to Care for Each Other as Much as We Care for Others

Caring for our communities also includes caring for ourselves since we have our own EMS community, writes George W. Contreras.

Is San Francisco’s New Mental Health Team Working?

Many programs, including San Francisco's, are inspired by an acclaimed, decades-old program called Cahoots in Eugene, Oregon.
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House Passes HERO Act to Provide Mental Health Resources to First Responders

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act this week.
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Buffalo (NY) Firefighter/EMT Fired for Marijuana Wants His Job Back

Scott Martin, a 12-year veteran with the Buffalo Fire Department, was fired from his job because he tested positive for marijuana.
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Wilmington (NC) First Responders Focus on Mental Health

"What we learn over time is that you can't unsee what you have seen but you can try and cope with it in a positive way."
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Federal Funding Aimed at Easing Worker Burnout, Depression

Grants will help develop strategies for reducing and addressing suicide, burnout, mental health conditions and substance abuse orders.
In this Oct. 2020 photo, Crisis Workers, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Henry Cakebread and Ashley Barnhill-Hubbard with CAHOOTS, a mental health crisis intervention program, discuss their last encounter during their night shift in Eugene, Ore.

U.S. Government Funding Mental Health Crisis Teams to Stand in for Police

A new program will help communities set up mobile teams with mental health practitioners trained in de-escalating volatile situations.