SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
First Responder Regional Trainings
September 20 - September 22

Increase Awareness.
Build Resiliency.
In 2017, more first responders died by suicide than in the line of duty. The Department of Justice released a report to Congress in 2021, and found two successful ways to lower suicide rates among first responders were using support networks and creating an environment to lower the stigma and fear around asking for help. The programs offered by IRMA are supported by the Fire Chiefs and Police Chiefs Steering Committees in an effort to help destigmatize mental health crises occurring within the first responder community.

Fire Service Programs
Resiliency Development for First Responders
Tuesday, September 20th
This four hour course will provide first responders in any stage of their career with the necessary tools to remain resilient to the stressors that come with the job as well as stress from off the job. Focusing on cutting-edge science, students will see how stress can damage the brain, and also how the brain can recover from this damage. Students will also increase their understanding of how stress and mental health impact not just the brain, but the entire body. Behaviors and mindsets will be presented that will help students to care for themselves as well as support their families at home and at work.

Resiliency and Mental Health are key components to overall wellness for first responders. This course seeks to remove the stigma surrounding the discussion of mental health, trauma, and suicide. Facilitated group discussions will create open dialogues where students can share what has worked well for them and address areas where improvements could be made.
Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Time:
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration
         
9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Program

Location:
Mundelein Fire Department
1000 N. Midlothian
Mundelein, IL 60060
Resiliency Development for Leadership Support
Thursday, September 22nd
This four-hour course is designed to provide training for fire officers of any rank on how to provide support for first responders. Leadership is complex, rewarding, and challenging as you are always on, and many people look to you to make the right move every time. The goal of this course is to provide fire officers with the tools to assist with leading and be able to respond to stressful situations whether it be on the job or off the job. Developed from cutting-edge science, students will see how stress can affect their decisions and their mental health. We also look at how our mental health can improve by understanding what is occurring within ourselves and how we can work to be more resilient.
 
This interactive class will have you reflecting on how you lead, how at times we do not always get it right, and how we carry the weight of those decisions, at times, longer than we probably should. Students will be given scenarios so they can respond in their roles as leaders, share their thoughts, and reflect on them with more tools in their toolbox going forward. Facilitated group discussions will create open dialogues where students can share what has worked well for them and address areas where improvements could be made.
Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time:
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration
          
9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Program

Location:
Mundelein Fire Department
1000 N. Midlothian
Mundelein, IL 60060


Law Enforcement Programs
The Resilient Life for Cops
Wednesday, September 21st
Our resilience content was created by Police, Fire, Dispatchers, Coroners, and Psychologists over a three-month period. The six areas help officers understand they need to develop cognitive and behavioral skills to solve problems, communicate effectively, plan careers, manage conflict, and so much more. Through interactive self-assessment and group discussion, officers will see how resilience can improve performance, relationships, and community relations.
 
New Methods of Care - Neurobiofeedback
In addition to explaining current treatments, we will be introducing a new diagnostic tool to help Cops see their brain as you have never seen it before. Attendees will visually see how the brain and its functions play a critical role in solving depression, suicide, other mental health issues. This segment will include hands on tools so you can see the level of anxiety, lack of sleep, and coherency of your own brain and how to visibly see stress reduce in your own brain.

Instructor:
Tim Perry, 10-41 Inc.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time:
7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Registration
         
8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Program

Location: IRMA
999 Oakmont Plaza Dr.,
Ste. 310
Westmont, IL
The Resilient Leader
Wednesday, September 21st
We provide a way to improve communication internally and externally by understanding the power of Emotional Intelligence for law enforcement. This effective tool can help in promotions, recruiting, discipline, and morale building. Law enforcement leaders will understand how to manage life & work issues, reduce stress, and uncover a new path using role play, exercises, and group collaboration.

  • Self-Awareness: understanding the WHY of you and why we choose the decisions we make.
  • Self-Management: understanding how your decisions impact you and those around you.
  • Social Awareness: understanding how you impact family, department, and community.
  • Relationship Management: building and maintaining healthy relationships.
  
10-41 PIES Approach to Wellness
Experience a new way to manage decisions that impact life and those around you by using a proven methodology called the 10-41 P.I.E.S. Approach to WellnessTM (Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual). This trademarked approach will teach attendees to define a problem, find root cause, and solve using an innovative approach, and sustain the solution.

Instructor:
Tim Perry, 10-41 Inc.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time:
12:00 p.m.- 12:30 p.m. Registration
         
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Program

Location: IRMA
999 Oakmont Plaza Dr.,
Ste. 310
Westmont, IL
Resources
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the 988 Lifeline immediately
Below are additional resources for those that are in need of support:
Health & Wellness Grant -
Apply Today
As your risk pool, we support investment into the physical and mental health of your workforce. It is a duty as an employer to provide the necessary support and tools for employees with demanding jobs to not only succeed, but to thrive. Incorporating mental health and wellness is a key factor in the overall health of an organization.

Maximum amount awarded $1,700.
Fire Chief and Police Chief Steering Committees
Fire Chief Terry Vavra
Village of LaGrange
FCSC Chair
tvavra@lagrangeil.gov

Jen Swahlstedt
Director Risk Management & Training
FCSC Staff Liaison
708-236-6365
 

Police Chief Tod Kamleiter
Village of Flossmoor
PCSC Chair
tkamleiter@flossmoor.org
 
Susan Garvey
Director Legal Services
PCSC Staff Liaison
708-236-6341