More than 6.6% of first responders have attempted suicide. That’s 10x the national average. SOURCE: Journal of Emergency Medical Services, based on a survey of 4,000

First responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. SOURCE: RUDERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION

243 police officers, deputies, and firefighters died by suicide in 2018. SOURCE: FIREFIGHTERCLOSECALLS.COM

PTSD and depression rates among firefighters and police officers have been found to be 5x higher than the general population. SOURCE: RUDERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION

First responders make a choice to be there for those in need. These professions demand physical and mental toughness. Because these men and women run head-first into situation most people run away from, they are exposed to unimaginable scenes of trauma. Despite the dedication of these first responders, the emotional toll of the job is often overlooked and stigmatized.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay believes that no one in our community should face crisis alone. Offering a lifeline of support to first responders, the Crisis Center’s 2-1-1 hotline allows you to speak confidentially with counselors trained to support first responders in crisis.

To those who serve, we thank you. And we are here for you.

Call 2-1-1 for immediate, confidential support.

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