EMERGENCY'S HOTLINE

During an interview with NPR, Frank Farry - a state representative and volunteer fire fighter - talked about a new crisis hotline for emergency workers in Bucks County, PA. The volunteer-run Bucks County First Responder Peer Support lets callers speak to a previous or current first responder any time of the day or night.

Inspired to action by the suicides of two first responders in Bucks County, Farry talked to NPR about the need for first responders to have access to support for mental health issues. "We need to let everybody know like, 'It's OK to need to have a release, to need to be able to go talk to somebody, to be impacted by seeing some of these horrible things,'" Farry told NPR.

"We have to make it acceptable for people to be comfortable going to ask for help," he said. "We have to make sure they know where to go and then we have to make sure there's sufficient resources there that's capable of helping them get the help that they need."

The hotline is run through a local social service nonprofit, Lenape Foundation, said Farry. "I've also found that a lot of us are trying to do the same things and we're on parallel paths and I'm hoping Bucks County ends up being a trial for something that can ultimately go statewide here in the Commonwealth," he said.

Source:

http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-first-responders-need-help-too-crisis-hotline-caters-to-emergency-workers/