OAPFF Peer Support Network
IAFF CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH – 855.900.8437
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE – 800.273.8255
OAPFF PEER SUPPORT TEAM
If you are having a crisis and in need of immediate assistance, please contact the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health at 855.900.8437 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255. These resources are available to assist you 24 hours a day.
If you are not in crisis and would like to speak to a professional fire fighter trained to assist you if you are struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or any other behavioral health or mental health issue please reach out to one of the peer support team members listed here.
The OAPFF Peer Support Team will guide members who are struggling to resources which may be helpful in the path toward gaining assistance. Peer Support Team members have been trained in therapeutic communication, crisis intervention, and community resource networking.
They can provide assistance to both active and retired firefighters who are experiencing behavioral health and/or addiction issues. Peer Support Team Members act as a bridge to outside definitive behavioral health/addiction treatment.
Research shows that fire personnel who balance physical, behavioral, and emotional fitness have the best outcomes, whether one is looking at adjustment to becoming a fire fighter, ratings of career satisfaction, family well-being, or adjustment to retirement.