(MIAMI, May 20, 2016) – Join us today, May 20, 2016, at 9 p.m., in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. In support of the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA), this evening at 9 p.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units will be turning on emergency lights at their respective stations for one minute, to remember those in the fire service who have taken their own lives and to raise awareness of emergency responders' suicide risk.
This new initiative is also designed to develop funding to assist surviving family members of firefighter suicides, host camps for children of firefighter suicides, and offer an educational scholarship program for children of firefighter suicides, as well as support firefighters and their families suffering from behavioral health issues.
The mission of the FBHA is to collaborate, develop and implement behavioral health awareness, prevention, intervention, and post crisis strategies to provide firefighters with an easily accessible and confidential source of information. Using best practices and protocols, FBHA promotes awareness, education and training, communication, integration of services, resources and support to the men and women of the fire service and EMS.
For more information, please contact MDFR’s Media and Public Relations at 786-331-521