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Firefighter suicide tackled by Mountain Vista fire chief

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Suicide rates among firefighters are on the rise. According the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, 52 firefighters a year take their own lives. In the Phoenix area, there have been a dozen of suicides over the past four years.

The Mountain Vista fire chief, Cheryl Horvath, is making sure she is tackling mental health holistically.

To battle financial stress, a component in many suicides, Horvath is partnering to give personal finance workshops.

Additionally, the district has signed on to be part of Ben’s Bells’ Kind Colleagues program, which focuses on creating a kind workplace for business and organizations. The hope is that firefighters will have compassion towards each other if there is a time of need.

While there has long been treatment for firefighters after a traumatic response, Horvath is having a practitioner come in to learn about how to heal your body from stress.

There have not been any suicides reported in the Tucson area among those in the firefighting profession.

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