Family Resilience Perspectives Series: Firefighting

Family members are often the first to notice changes in the mood and behaviour of their first responder loved one. It can be helpful for families to understand the importance of mental health, how to identify the early signs and symptoms of those who are struggling, and how to access resources to support their first responder loved ones and themselves.

This 24-minute interview with a firefighter discusses how family members can support a first responder, and how the family unit as a whole also needs support.

Hear about the impacts of occupational stress on the first responder and their family. Learn about navigating conversations with family about first responder work and culture, how peer support can help, and tips on self-care from the insights of a first responder in the field.