Help Firefighters fight suicide
Join the Carson J Spencer Foundation in helping some of Denver’s most heroic overcome tragedy
Sally Spencer-Thomas and the Carson J Spencer Foundation need your help to make an inspiring and educational video to help firefighters overcome the tragedy of suicide. The video will illustrate the many ways suicide affects firefighters, showing a need to develop resources to support people in its aftermath. It will also provide strategies and resources to best support firefighters affected by suicide, beginning the process of transitioning firefighters from the crisis of suicide to prevention efforts.
The fire service has often had a cultural taboo on dealing directly with mental health challenges such as trauma and grief. This video will help model for firefighters that it is understandable to be affected by difficult suicide calls and the suicidal behavior or death of a co-worker. By normalizing these concerns, firefighters will be better able to take action to help support those affected and eventually take greater steps in suicide prevention efforts.
May 20, 2013
Locally, 2,500 firefighters and the people who support them in Denver, and eventually all across the United States
Extra Funds Use:
- Promotional and/or supplemental education materials for the film
- Funding for another first responder video, or a second fire service video
Complete cost of filming and production is $3500.
CJS Foundation has received $2250 from two wonderful committed partners:
And additional resources and support from South Metro Fire Rescue.
Sally Spencer-Thomas was on the fast track to the career of her dreams. In 1995, she graduated with her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver.
Sally Spencer-Thomas started the Carson J Spencer Foundation after her brother Carson died by suicide.