REPOSTED ON OCTOBER 11, 2018 FROM OUR PEE DEE COORDINATOR LEE HOPKINS:

“We suffered another firefighter suicide yesterday in our state. We have to have a statewide push to get our Step Up & Step Out program out! But, also we have to have support to make this work! We have to work TOGETHER as one! This is a SERIOUS problem! The time is NOW! We are willing to work with anyone. So put down the walls and LET’S GO!”

I join Lee in feeling the frustration of continuing to lose our comrades when they take their own lives. It is far beyond the time for us all to come together to stop the senseless loss. Lee makes the point of asking for other organizations to join us in this battle. We are not suggesting that our program is the only one but it is available to any emergency services organization in our State. Give us two hours of your time and we will bring it to your doorstep.

We are asking S.C.F.A.S.T., S.C. L.E.A.P., Support One, the SC Public Safety Chaplains’ Association, and all other organizations, agencies, departments, associations and other groups to come together with us to create, promote, and present this initiative. Bring your best when you come and help stem the tide of suicide in our own ranks! We must fight the stigma of asking for help. We must encourage people to talk about suicide. We must reach out to those that are hurting. We must do better! We can do better! Please join us and be the one to make a difference!

Call us at 843-609-8300 or contact us on our website at www.firefightersupport.org.

WE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE! WE NEED YOUR HELP AND ALL OF YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION! WILL YOU JOIN US? PLEASE HELP US BY SHARING THIS POST WHEREVER YOU CAN.

Gerald