This year marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks to the World Trade Center. Anniversaries can be difficult; public and publicized events do not always echo our private, more personal remembrances. Some of us may struggle with uncomfortable feelings of grief, sadness, anger, overwhelm; others may completely numb out. It is normal to experience a range of (sometimes conflicting) feelings.
Pay attention to yourself and these feelings.
Know yourself and consider how you would like to mark the day.
Be flexible with yourself and listen to your own cues.
Allow others to support and care for you.
Friends of Firefighters was founded in response to 9/11 and we have since made it our mission to provide long-term mental health and wellness services to the FDNY firefighter community.
Reach out to us at 718-643-0980. We are here for you.
If you are in crisis call On the Line, Friends of Firefighters 24/7 hotline, at 1-866-339-7717.
There are many personal and public ways to recognize the anniversary. For information on some events, see here.
LABOR DAY 9/7
Friends of Firefighters is closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Call our 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1-866-339-7717.
LISTEN, PROTECT, AND CONNECT WORKSHOP 9/8
With the 9/11 anniversary upon us, we are reminded that a crisis can occur at any time. Learn how to support people who have experienced a disaster or crisis in the engaging “Listen, Protect, and Connect” Workshop at FoF on September 8. More information here. Please RSVP.
ON THE ARM BREAKFAST 9/9
September’s Breakfast will be Wednesday, September 9. Active and retired FDNY firefighters and families: stop by between 8-11 for made to order breakfast prepared by retired FDNY firefighters.
FALL GALA JOURNAL AD EXTENSION TO 9/14
The deadline to submit your journal ad for our 8th Annual Fall Gala has been extended to Monday, 9/14.
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge in all 5 boroughs. Below is an overview by day – visit our services page for more information.
A reminder of the changes in services, effective this summer and fall; more details here
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line 24/7 Crisis Hotline 1-866-339-7717 / Accessible from anywhere at any time
Peer Support Program / Contact FoF to be connected
Closed for Labor Day
Peak Performance (using Biofeedback) / 10AM – 3PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 10AM – 6PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Brooklyn / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Woodbury / 1PM – 5PM / By Appointment
Acupuncture / Staten Island / 1PM – 4PM / By Appointment (Note new hours)
Acupuncture / Brooklyn / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Financial Guidance / Bronx / 9-11AM & 5-7PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Bronx / 12PM – 6PM / By Appointment […]