St. Johns County commissioners unanimously approved an allocation of $500,000 from Fire District Rescue Reserve to provide mental health support to St. Johns County Fire Rescue.
“Suicide is the leading cause of death among firefighters and EMTs, and the repeated exposure to trauma provides a direct link to suicide rates among firefighters and EMTs,” Commissioner Arnold said during the meeting. “Our men and women in Fire Rescue are in crisis. I am speaking to you today, imploring you not only as a member of this board but as a member of this community whose life has been deeply impacted by mental health struggles and the devastation of suicide.”
SJC Media Release
The approved funding allocation will go toward the contractual establishment of mental health services available 24/7 to Fire Rescue personnel. Services will include professional mental health support in response to critical incidents or long-term exposure to high-stress events.
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