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

Being a first responder means being dedicated to protecting others. Today, this means being exposed to scenes of trauma and challenges that may leave you overwhelmed and alienated. At times it may feel like no one can understand.

You may put others' lives first, but you can still make your mental health a priority. Because saving lives starts with your own. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay works to ensure that our community's first responders have access to a lifeline of support, allowing you to speak confidentially with trained specialists anytime.

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

Call 1-866-4FL-HERO for immediate, confidential support.