Office: (718) 643-0980|info@friendsoffirefighters.org

Monthly Archives: December 2014

Looking Back at 2014

Hours left: why your support counts

 

The life-saving work of firefighters, who sacrifice so much for all of us on a daily basis, can result in significant physical and emotional stress. Your support of Friends of Firefighters will in turn help us provide critical support services to firefighters and their families, and ensure that we hear more words such as these: 
 
“Thank you for all you’ve done to help make life better and more bearable for my family and me.”
– Wife of FDNY firefighter
 

Dear Friend,

 
During this season of giving thanks and celebrating, I ask you to open your heart and make a gift to Friends of Firefighters. Here’s why:
 
Firefighters are on the job in all seasons, at all hours of the day and night. In times of crisis, it is they who run toward disaster and devastation to make sure we are safe. None of us have forgotten their heroism in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, not to mention daily fires and accidents, large and small. We call them our “Bravest” and they are.
 
What we don’t see are the difficulties both active and retired firefighters may experience as a result of their efforts on behalf of us all: exposure to toxins and fumes; burns; the stress on their bodies from extraordinary physical endurance; the impact on their personal lives; and the need to cope with the pain from loss of human life, including their closest friends.
 
At Friends of Firefighters, our mission is to be there for them, just as they are here for us.
 
We have built trust with the active and retired men and women of the FDNY, and with their own help and your support we have developed a network of services tailored to […]

Happy Holidays / Closed

Holiday Closing
Friends of Firefighters will be closed for the holidays beginning Wednesday, December 23, reopening Monday, January 5, 2015.
Services Available Over the Holidays

Friends of Firefighters has expanded our services, making them more accessible for active and retired FDNY firefighters and your family members. The following services will still be available while we are closed for the holidays.

INTERNET COUNSELING PROGRAM: ICP is an at home solution for common behavioral health problems such as anxiety, phobia, trouble sleeping, substance abuse, depression, and OCD. Get the support and knowledge you need to better your health, in the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule. Read more here and get started at fof.cobaltcbt.com.

ON THE LINE 24/7 CRISIS HOTLINE: On the Line is a crisis hotline dedicated to Friends of Firefighters that operates 24/7/365. Call 1-866-339-7717 if you are in crisis. Call 911 if it is an emergency.

YOGA: There will be no FoF Yoga classes over the holidays, but FoF students are invited to join class on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7PM at the same location (Mrs. Elaine’s Dance Studio in Rockaway Park).

12/22: This Week at FoF

NEWSLETTER
Read the last newsletter of 2014 here and sign up at the bottom of our website to get our newsletters straight to your inbox every two weeks.
HOLIDAY CLOSING
FoF will be closed Wednesday, December 23 for the holidays, reopening Monday, January 5, 2015
HOLIDAY SHOPPING
If you’re shopping on Amazon.com this holiday season, start at Amazon Smile and Amazon will make a donation to Friends of Firefighters! Get started here.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Friends of Firefighters, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

DAILY:
Counseling / Brooklyn / By appointment
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line / Accessible from anywhere at any time

MONDAY:
Acupuncture / Brooklyn / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 11AM – 6PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Queens / 11AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Women’s Support Group / Staten Island / 4PM / By Appointment

TUESDAY:
Biofeedback / Brooklyn / 10AM – 3PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 9AM – 3:30PM / By Appointment

Friday 12/19 – Early Closing

Friends of Firefighters will be closing early today, Friday, 12/19, but we are still available through phone (718-643-0980) and email (info@friendsoffirefighters.org) .

 

Listen, Protect, and Connect Workshop

We invite active and retired FDNY firefighters and your families to join us for a free workshop in partnership with The Mental Health Association of New York

Listen, Protect, and Connect is a psychological first aid program that teaches participants to recognize the warning signs for psychological distress and PTSD, especially helpful in a disaster. Just as people learn CPR or first aid to help during medical emergencies, knowing how to provide psychological first aid is an important thing you can do for your family, friends, and neighbors’ well-being.

When & Where: Wednesday, January 21 / 10AM – 1PM at Friends of Firefighters
RSVP: Space is limited – please reply by Monday, January 12 to info@friendsoffirefighters.org or 718-643-0980
Feedback from previous Listen, Protect, and Connect workshops at Friends of Firefighters:
“Increased my knowledge of how to listen to those in crisis and better provide assistance.”
“Lovely instructor, very informative.”
“Practical, clear information.”
“To the point. Well put in Layman’s terms.”

12/17: This Week at FoF

HOLIDAY SHOPPING
If you’re shopping on Amazon.com this holiday season, start at Amazon Smile and Amazon will make a donation to Friends of Firefighters! Get started here.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Friends of Firefighters, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

HOLIDAY CLOSING
FoF will be closed Wednesday, December 23 for the holidays, reopening Monday, January 5, 2015
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

DAILY:
Counseling / Brooklyn / By appointment
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line / Accessible from anywhere at any time

MONDAY:
Acupuncture / Brooklyn / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 11AM – 6PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Queens / 11AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Women’s Support Group / Staten Island / 4PM / By Appointment

TUESDAY:
Biofeedback / Brooklyn / 10AM – 3PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 9AM – 3:30PM / By Appointment

WEDNESDAY:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 4PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / Staten Island / By Appointment
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / 7:30 – 8:30PM  / Rockaway Park
Financial Guidance / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment
Counseling / Bronx / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment

THURSDAY:
Acupuncture / Manhattan / 10AM – 7PM / By Appointment
Couples Group / Queens / 1PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Queens / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Yoga with Felecia / Staten Island / 10:15 – 11:15AM / Limitless Fitness

FRIDAY:
Biofeedback / Manhattan / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment

FAQ / Crisis Hotline & Internet Counseling Program

FAQ / Crisis Hotline & Internet Counseling Program

Friends of Firefighters 24/7 Crisis Hotline and Internet Counseling Program are two of our newest programs, so it makes sense if there are some questions concerning them. We thought the best way to provide you with all the answers is a FAQ list. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions we may have missed, about these two programs or our others.
 
ON THE LINE: 24/7 CRISIS HOTLINE
Who are the operators? Trained crisis counselors who are knowledgeable on FDNY culture and Friends of Firefighters.Is this confidential? Like all FoF services, ICP is independent from the FDNY and confidential.

Is there a fee attached? Like all FoF services, ICP is free of charge and health insurance is not accepted.

Do they ask for my social security number? No. Nothing is required. Crisis counselors may ask demographic information, which the caller can decline to answer.

What happens when I call? You will hear an automatic recording to stay on the line to be connected to the first available counselor. You also have the option to receive technical support, or sign up, for FoF’s Internet Counseling Program.

Will I experience a wait? You may experience a wait when you call, depending on the call volume at that time. Wait time can sometimes be up to 5 minutes. We encourage you to stay on the line and remember support is on its way.

Will the counselor offer me resources? Yes, the counselors have a list of Friends of Firefighters services and other helpful resources around New York City.

Is there a maximum talk time with the counselor? No.

Is it required that someone follow up with me? It is not required but the crisis counselor will offer you a follow up call by a Friends of Firefighters team member.

How do I access the hotline? Call 1-866-338-7717 24 hours […]

12/8: This Week at FoF

HOLIDAY SHOPPING
If you’re shopping on Amazon.com this holiday season, start at Amazon Smile and Amazon will make a donation to Friends of Firefighters! Get started here.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Friends of Firefighters, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
FoF will be featured on National Geographic Channel’s new undercover science intervention show, “Crowd Control” tonight! Turn to National Geographic at 9:30PM to see firefighters and FoF staff participate in a fundraising challenge in order to better understand the psychology behind donating.
NEWSLETTER
Check out this week’s newsletter for a list of FAQ on our hotline and internet counseling program and information on our new peer support program.
ON THE ARM BREAKFAST
Join us this Wednesday, December 10 for our monthly On the Arm Breakfast, prepared by retired firefighters for active and retired firefighters and your family members. Stop by between 8-11AM for a made to order breakfast.
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

DAILY:
Counseling / Brooklyn / By appointment
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line / Accessible from anywhere at any time

MONDAY:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 11AM – 6PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Queens / 11AM – 5PM / By Appointment

TUESDAY:
Women’s Support Group / Staten Island / 3:30PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 9AM – 3:30PM / By Appointment

WEDNESDAY:
On the Arm Breakfast / 8-11AM / Brooklyn
Acupuncture / 10AM – 4PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / Staten Island / By Appointment
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / 7:30 – 8:30PM  / Rockaway Park
Financial Guidance […]

Peer Support Program

Peer Support Program

Friends of Firefighters is excited to officially announce its Peer Program.
This program is intended to offer peer support to the active or retired FDNY firefighter and his/her family member.  

WHAT IT IS:

Support by a peer (firefighter or firefighter family member)
Confidential: There is no reporting back to the department. The peer may turn to FoF counselors for support if necessary. There is no gossip.

WHAT IT IS NOT:

A crisis hotline
A professional mental health counselor
No ranks: In this program, peers are peers.

HOW TO ACCESS:

Call FoF. We will listen to your concern and set up a phone call with a peer supporter.

“People feel more comfortable speaking with a peer before speaking to a counselor. Speaking to a firefighter or firefighter’s family member allows them to open up more. The relationship at the beginning is very important.” – Tony Catapano, Retired FDNY firefighter and FoF peer supporter