VCOS Yellow Ribbon Report - Under the Helmet: Performing an Internal Size-Up
A Proactive Approach to Ensuring Mental Wellness
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The goal of this report is to bring awareness about the fire and emergency services’ emotional and behavioral health problem and emphasize the importance of changing the culture. The 42-page report contains background information, statistics, resources, and action items for departments to use to ensure the mental wellness of their members.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Reason and Understanding
Battling the Stigma
Suck It Up, Buttercup
Chapter 3: Sizing It Up
Stress: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Behavioral Reactions to Stress
Tips for Dealing with Stress
Chapter 4: Recommended Actions
Culture of Accountability
Education and Training
Support Model and Infrastructure
Organizational Internal Size-Up Questions
Psychological First Aid
Chapter 5: Summary and Call to Action
What Happens When You Can’t Protect the Ones You Love?
I Made the Call to Make Things Better
The Yellow Ribbon Report - Under the Helmet: Performing an Internal Size-Up was developed with the leadership from the IAFC Volunteer & Combination Officers Section in collaboration with the IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section and other fire service organizations, researchers, and other members of the fire service.