Family Resilience Perspectives Series: Spouse

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 26-minute interview with a firefighter’s spouse discusses how family members can support a first responder, and how the family unit as a whole also needs support.

In this video we walk through the lived experience of a first responder and their family in navigating the mental health challenges after a traumatic incident. The struggles, strategies, and learnings are all shared from the perspective of a spouse of a firefighter.