HELP our HERO's overcome suicide!

HELP our HERO's overcome suicide!

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Macy Clor started this petition to Congress and

Ask Congress to pass the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act. This bill's main focus is to help our emergency responders overcome suicidal ideation, attempts and completion by improving the detection, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues among our public safety officers. With the stigma that still surrounds mental health, the passing of this bill would allow first responders and other public officials to receive the help they may need while dealing with the increased stress, death and destruction they may face on the job while putting themselves in harm’s way to save others. As more first responders die from suicide completion than in the line of duty it is important to give them the help they need. The bill currently has 66 co-sponsors along with the original sponsor supporting it within the House of Representatives. We need to help our first responders as they are helping us with our problems daily. Let's use this petition to raise awareness for this bill and show our support to our representatives in an attempt to get this bill passed. We should not go another day ignoring the mental health of our first responders, they need someone to take care of them too. 

Why is this law important?

This law would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to improve the detection, prevention and treatment of mental health issues among public safety officers by requiring the CDC to collect date to capture the national public safety officer suicide and publish it annually on their website. This is a necessary step as many firefighters and public safety officers are volunteers. Since their volunteer activities are not listed on their death certificates, it leaves them unaccounted for in the studies done on the incidence of suicide rates in emergency first responders. Sadly, more first responders commit suicide than dying in the line of duty. The bill would award a grant to establish and enhance peer-support behavioral health and wellness programs within fire departments and emergency medical service agency and the development of necessary resources for educating mental health professionals about treating firefighters and emergency medical services personnel. The passing of this bill would allow first responders and other public officials to receive the help they may need while dealing with the increased stress, death and destruction they may face on the job while putting themselves in harm’s way to save others. Lastly, it would warrant the development and assemble of evidence-based best practices and other resources to address, prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder and co-occurring disorders in public safety officers. It is imperative that we help our first responders overcome this obstacle as they help us with our needs every day. 

Why should we sign this now? 

The suicide rate of first responders outweighs the rate of the first responders dying in the line of duty. Previous studies have shown that firefighters have a 5.2% higher odds of committing suicide than the general public and a whopping 15.5% of firefighters actually attempted to committed suicide whereas 4.6% of general public had attempted. The passing of this bill will allow our first responders to receive the help they need and deserve and hopefully decrease those numbers significantly. Myself, and i'm sure many others reading this have family members that are apart of the first responder community and I would want them to receive the help they needed, rather than taking their lives into their own hands. Your signature will demonstrate the need to make this a legislative priority. Our first responders should not feel alone in this fight! Someone needs to take care of them too, your support would help them fight back with the necessary resources. 

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