The Mental Health Subcommittee (MHSC) provides national leadership in wildland firefighter mental health and wellness. The MHSC promotes and facilitates a national interagency approach to proactively identifying and addressing firefighter mental health.
- Develop NWCG guidance that enables firefighters and fire managers to recognize hazards to mental health and wellness and take effective prevention and mitigation actions.
- Standardize processes for collecting and analyzing data on wildland firefighter mental health and wellness.
- Use this data to inform development of NWCG wildland firefighter mental health and wellness guidance.
- Provide a forum for all firefighters and managers to increase their knowledge of wildland firefighter mental health issues and contribute to improvements in this area.
- RT-130, WFSTAR: Wildland Fire Mental Health
- Winter and Holiday Newsletter: 2021-2022
- Fall 2021 Newsletter: Reentry
- COVID-19: Psychological Transition and Balance - YouTube video
- Summer 2021 Newsletter: Resilience
- Spring 2021 Newsletter: Season Preparation
- January 2021 Newsletter: Burnout
- Winter and Holiday Newsletter 2020-21
- Winter and Holiday Newsletter 2019-2020
- Filling the Void
- Suicide Prevention 2020: Come Together for Suicide Prevention
- Stigma and Mental Illness
- Maintaining Social Connections
- Suicide in Wildland Fire: Culture, Sense of Belonging, Identity, and Purpose
- Maintaining Mental Fitness
- Stress and Suicide
- Support Systems for Suicide Prevention
- Coping During Times of Uncertainty
- COVID-19 and Managing Your Mental Health
- Fear, Isolation, Depression: The Mental Health Fallout of a Worldwide Pandemic
- Coping With Stress
- Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources
- Protecting your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic
- COVID-19 resources for fire and EMS (FEMA)
Stress First Aid (SFA) Training
Items to Review
- Wildfires - Learn About Who Is Most At Risk For Emotional Distress From Wildfires And Where To Find Disaster-related Resources
- Need to Talk to Someone? (Warmlines)
- How to Recognize and Overcome Trauma
- 25 Simple and Proven Ways to De-Stress
- A Manager's Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide
- Montreal police suicide prevention program.
- Study of suicidal thoughts and behavior among firefighters by Florida State University.
- Employee Support Resources
- DOI EAP
- NPS Wellness & Resilience Portal
- FWS CISM and Peer Support Program
- FWS Employee Well Being (DOI accessible only)
- U.S. Forest Service EAP Providers as of March 30,2021
- Regions 1 and 3: ESPYR (800) 869-0276
- Region 4: ComPsych (888) 290-4327
- Region 6 and PNW: Deer Oaks EAP Services (888) 993-7650
- All Other Units: Federal Occupational Health (800) 222-0364
- NVFC Releases Behavioral Healthcare Provider Directory for Emergency Responders
- National Wildland Fire and Aviation: Critical Incident Stress Management
- Be the One To Save a Life - #BeThe1To
- Forest Service Suicide Awareness Tool Box