I Am Not Ashamed…

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

We have an entire month dedicated to mental health awareness, yet we lose more first responders to suicide than we do line of duty. We could all give our best educated guesses as to why we are losing so many to suicide. I could even give you my many thoughts on this, such as: stigma, lack of resources, lack of access to these resources, insurance that doesn’t want to cover treatment (West Virginia specifically), and financial inability to afford the few resources that are accessible.

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Reset, Restore & Let God…

By Debbie Terry

We are in the middle of a pandemic that is, if we listen to the popular news sources, unendingly deadly, all the doom and gloom, blah, blah, blah.

I say this not with disrespect to what this virus is doing to our world, nor with blindness to the seriousness of it, but with an eye for the lack of attention to what God is doing in our midst. I want to hear from that voice in the wind. And, I think I have….

Let me explain.

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When the Helper Needs Help… Working Through A Pandemic

By Sasha J. Lefler

I am a Critical Care Paramedic in a small town.  I’m also the supervisor of our county’s division.  I’ve worked for the same company since 2003, and I love what I do and where I work.  Sometimes, because we aren’t in big cities, it gets brushed off as we don’t experience the trauma and PTSD that first responders in the more populated areas experience.  But I don’t agree.  Sometimes, I think it’s worse.

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