Greenwich Fire Peer Support Group
The Local 1042 Peer Support Group was organized to provide emotional support, information and non-clinical assistance to department members seeking help for behavioral health challenges and other life circumstances. The Peer Support Group exists as both an alternative to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and professional counseling, and as a link to those services. All peer support members are trained to assist with a wide range of situations, and some are prepared to offer help in specific areas based on personal experience. Members are also trained to recognize when a licensed professional is necessary or more appropriate.
All requests made to the Peer Support Group are confidential, and as a policy we do not maintain any records. We have partnered with the Behavioral Health Center at Greenwich Hospital, and we work in tandem with the Fire Department Administration, the Human Resources Department, the Employee Assistance Program, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and by the National Fallen Firefighters “Everyone Goes Home” initiative.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has been established to provide professional expertise to employees and their immediate family members when dealing with problems of a personal nature. It is available to all municipal employees (Town and Board of Education) and their families. The program provides confidential and professional consultation for a wide range of personal problems including, but not limited to:
The Employee Assistance Program is administered by Behavioral Health Consultants (BHC). The program is free of charge and offers assessment and short-term counseling, as well as referral and treatment coordination. An employee or immediate family member may contact the EAP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-864-2742.
More Information is available here: https://www.greenwichct.gov/557/Employee-Assistance-Program
Greenwich Hospital’s psychiatrists and psychologists evaluate and treat individuals with a wide variety of emotional and mental health concerns. People struggling with mental illness, depression, anxiety and other psychological and psychiatric conditions receive compassionate care and treatment according to their needs. Counseling is available for individuals and families dealing with a difficult life transition, or issues relating to relationships, family and parenting.
More information is available here: https://www.greenwichhospital.org/services/psychiatry-and-psychology.aspx
Greenwich Hospital team understands how challenging a cancer diagnosis can be for the patient, family members, friends and caregivers. Greenwich Hospital offers a wide range of counseling, services, support groups and more for cancer patients and their loved ones. Many of these services are free of charge.
More information is available here: https://www.greenwichhospital.org/services/cancer/support-services.aspx
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who help each other to stay sober. They offer the same help to anyone who has a drinking problem and wants to do something about it. Since they are all alcoholics themselves, they have a special understanding of each other. They know what the illness feels like – and they have learned how to recover from it in AA.
More information is available here: https://ct-aa.org/
Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.
Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.
More information is available here: https://www.ctalanon.org/
United Healthcare is our current healthcare provider. More information on behavioral health benefits to members and familys are availabe here:
The Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management (CTCISM)Team is a volunteer,
The team is also available for Critical Incident Stress Management training
at your Corps or Department before an incident occurs.
More information is available here: http://www.ctcism.org/home
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
More information is available here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
We are the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.
PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.
More information is available here: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/
The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.
More information is available here: https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/
The Retreat's Uniformed Service Program (USP) offers specialized training and support for men and women in uniform (active or retired) who are struggling with serious duty-related problems including PTSD, depression, and addiction.
More information is available here: https://www.brattlebororetreat.org/programs/uniformed-service-program-usp
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