"Understanding and Preventing firefighter suicide" 

The focus is on methods for preventing suicide and learning its traceable causes.  The class will focus on the individual, company, and departmental methods for prevention. Suicide tragically results when the decedent incorrectly concludes that his/her death could be a service to others. Some of the common risk factors that can be identified early to help with intervention are discussed, including social isolation and withdrawing from others. The model for explaining suicidal behavior developed by Dr. Thomas Joiner is introduced and analyzed. The causes that lead to fire service suicide are varied and can be work-related, personal, or a combination. Resources like peer support and treatment to prevent maladapitve coping are explained. 

Key Learning Objectives:
• Suicide as a dark secret in the fire service
• Risk factors for suicide
• Protective factors associated with prevention, and methods of stress management. 
• Company Officer / Department responsibilities. 

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DENA ALI is a captain with the Raleigh (NC) Fire Department and, prior to becoming a firefighter, she served five years as a police officer in North Carolina. Ali has a degree from North Carolina State University. She is a graduate student at UNCP, and her research focuses on firefighter suicide. Ali taught her class on suicide prevention at FDIC International 2018. She is an avid cyclist and founding member of the Carolina Brotherhood