PODCAST: Lifetime of Emergencies Nearly Sent California Fire Chief Past the Point of No Return

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In episode #79 we are grateful to have CALFIRE Battalion Chief Mike Mohler as our guest. Reaching us via Zoom during this pandemic, he speaks candidly about his “implosion” on the job, which led him to seek professional help. Chief Mohler speaks of Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), intentionally differentiating his affliction from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.) What he and other first responders endure is, in fact, an injury not a disorder. Mike also talks honestly about how he contemplated suicide when he just didn’t care any more; he couldn’t numb the noise in his head. Mike is sharing his story because “we have to change that stigma because it’s OK. We’ve got people hurting across… not just our agency as you well know… every branch of military, law enforcement, fire, especially in these times. It’s time to check on our brothers and sisters and our fellow employees.”

Links First Responder Wellness Save a Warrior A STUDY BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION

Career prevalence and correlates of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters

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