Illinois First Responder Mental Health/Peer Support Symposium

Start Date: 03/10/2022


Thanks to Kristen Smith (Comet) MW member from Michigan, a firefighter herself, who brought this symposium to our attention. This symposium was an annual event prior to Covid. It resumed this year and included not only firefighters but also police officers and 911 dispatchers. There were keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions. The topics were very timely and included Living with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression and Burnout, Creating a Wellness Plan, and Fighting the Darkness: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma. We had a table where we displayed our HOPE banner and trifold as well as brochures. This symposium was heavily attended and we made many contacts. We look forward to attending yearly.

Agency: Illinois Firefighters Peer Support

Shay Jacobson & Chia, Cathy Barnes & Anela, Julie Jensen & Leo