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By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

Mental health is not a topic many firefighters want to talk about, but one firefighter is determined to start the conversation in his firehouse.

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Brad Bouchillon has spent the last 10 years working as a full-time firefighter in Georgia and, as a Captain, believes part of his leadership role is to help end the stigma around addressing trauma and mental health issues.

Listen to the podcast to learn how he’s built an informal peer-support program in his firehouse and how he connects with firefighters he suspects are suffering from stress, trauma, or other mental health issues. He also discusses the importance of self-care, communicating better with family and friends, the benefits of seeking professional counseling, and how to find the right counselor.