Mental Health Awareness Month

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When you think of firefighters, you may think about the physical aspects of the profession. Our firefighters must be able to wear cumbersome equipment in extreme conditions and do very strenuous work. But like all physically demanding tasks, the mental aspects can be equally important. First responders are subjected to emotional scenes and suffer sleep deprivation. Our shift schedule can lead to relationship issues with friends and family.

Front Range Fire Rescue utilizes the principle of the eight dimensions of wellness to help us guide programs to help our members. As an example, last week, eight of our members participated in a pilot program to bring Transcendental Meditation (TM) to our firehouses. TM has been shown to benefit military vets and first responders tremendously by reducing stress, blood pressure, and the effects of our work. Front Range Fire Rescue has teamed up with the David Lynch Foundation to bring the instruction to our department. FRFR is the first fire agency in the state to implement this program. We look forward to potentially expanding it once our pilot group reports on the results over the next few months.

For more information go to www.resilientresponders.org

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