I am a retired Fire Fighter Paramedic. Day after day, year after year, the toll of responding to traumatic medical and fire calls, combined with lack of sleep, leads many Fire Fighters into a prolonged state of depression and anxiety. To suppress the stream of mental anguish, Fire Fighters often turn to substance abuse, explosive and angry responses toward loved ones, nightmares and recounting traumatic calls which include: child fatalities, gruesome suicides and grieving families. Sadly, many nationwide studies have concluded that we lose more Fire Fighters annually to suicide than line of duty deaths. This is post-traumatic stress.
I suffer from this condition and experience these responses to stress. Fortunately, I have found help through meditation and mindfulness. These coping tools continue to make a great impact on me and my family. I have made it my purpose in life to reach out and help my fire family, brothers and sisters, in the same situation and to introduce them to the science between trauma and meditation… to Turn In.
My conviction was so great that I was inspired to form a non-profit 501(c)(3), Turn In. The primary mission of the organization is to help active duty and retired Fire Fighters cope with post-traumatic stress.Turn In sponsors Fire Fighters to attend wellness retreats free of charge. The retreat equips Fire Fighters with mediation, tools to quiet their minds, healthier alternatives, and a renewed sense of control.
To sponsor as many of these Fire Fighters as possible, I am seeking your support via donation. Please show your concern for those proudly serving the community and protecting you by donating to our cause. The need for help and support for men and women suffering from post-traumatic stress in the fire department is critical.
Tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted by mail or Click Here to Donate.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact me at 602-684-9998 or e-mail me at John@TurnIn.life.
Thank you in advance,