We shouldn’t wait for things to get ugly or to the point of someone thinking about suicide before we take the first steps of prevention. We need to start conversations now, right now, so that everyone is aware of what to do.
Traumatic events bear a weight and, though most responders shove that small weight aside or push the experiences down, it builds and builds over time. This is cumulative trauma and many first responders carry it, many unknowingly.
Having mental health issues makes many feel they can’t uphold this image of a strong and capable helper. It’s this fear that causes many first responders to not admit when they need help or they’re having issues.