Click on the link to follow a discussion about an issue that may effect someone you know. I have some thoughts about Firemen and suicide on this post that may sound critical but believe me this is something we all must "be there for the other guy" if it could be happening to one of our own.
I have stopped being shocked anymore when I see the United States has the highest number in a study of negative activity, but I am still disappointed.
Years of stats, 1880- 2013. Global incidents -18. Canada -3. United States- 312, seventeen times greater than all the rest of the world? In a country that offers so much to it's citizens from cradle to grave!
I was bullied as a child, rejected as a returning Combat Veteran and now through no fault of my own I must endure extreme pain because of an offending driver that was texting. Over forty years in the Fire Service, just cuts, bruises and occasional smoke inhalation only to fall to a next gen multitasking careless driver,... and I only have thoughts of ending it all after reading about this.
Why are people in our country so easy to tip over? Am I Ironman...I feel not, I weep each day for my outcast state. But it will take more than seeing the dark side of Firefighting to get me to jump, so my question is.. how can I spot people having this distress? What can I do, now that I have the time to give, to help?
I apologize if I have offended anyone but I always felt Servicemen and Firefighters were heroes. I always believed heroes did not behave this way. I have lost another "brick" in the wall of the fortress that has kept me secure and filled with hope, so I am venting.