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Firefighters' Mental Health Needs More Attention: Survey

Firefighters' Mental Health Needs More Attention: Survey

They battle fires, and sometimes serious mental health challenges. In an exclusive investigation, NBC Bay Area uncovers problems plaguing first responders who are struggling to cope with the stress of the job. Read More

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Aug 29, 2017

Fire Departments Commit to Improving Mental Health Services

As the months go by since 36 partygoers died in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire, the horrors of that night still haunt many of the firefighters who answered the call. While the International Association of Fire Fighters... Read More

Fire Departments Commit to Improving Mental Health Services
May 16, 2017

Firefighters Say Job Stress Causes Mental Health Issues

As part of a six-month investigation, NBC Bay Area surveyed hundreds of firefighters. Most say they don’t think there’s enough recognition about the importance of mental health. Many first responders are struggling to confront the... Read More

Firefighters Say Job Stress Causes Mental Health Issues

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We depend on first responders to save lives, but are we doing enough to protect theirs? In an exclusive investigation, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovers problems plaguing first responders who are struggling to cope with the stress of the job. An unprecedented NBC survey about mental and behavioral health reveals thousands of firefighters across the country are not getting the help they need.

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