Current Bulletin

Dear Peer Supporters,

As we step into May, we are reminded of the vital role each of you plays in our department, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month. This month is not only a time to reflect on our own mental well-being but also an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to supporting each other. Mental health is a critical component of our overall health, and it’s crucial that we continue to break down the barriers of stigma in our profession.

Here are a few ways you can enhance your impact this month:

  1. Increase Awareness: Use this month to spread knowledge about mental health resources available both within and outside the LAFD. Knowledge is power, and the more we know, the better support we can offer.
  2. Engage More: Organize or participate in workshops and seminars aimed at mental health. These can be opportunities for learning new coping mechanisms or understanding the challenges our colleagues face.
  3. Check-Ins: Make an effort to check in more frequently with your fellow firefighters. A simple “How are you really doing?” can go a long way in providing comfort and showing that they are not alone.
  4. Promote Resources: Remind our team of the mental health resources available, such as counseling services and our peer support network. Accessibility to help can make a significant difference.
  5. Encourage Open Conversations: Foster an environment where open discussions about mental health are normalized. Share your experiences if comfortable; it could encourage others to do the same.

This month, let’s intensify our efforts to look out for one another. Your role as a peer supporter is invaluable, and your continuous efforts make a significant difference in the lives of our fellow members. Let’s keep the momentum going, not just in May but throughout the year.

Upcoming Events

  • AA for Firefighters: A virtual Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting is held the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact Tiffany Zamora at
  • 06/06/2024: Hope for Firefighters
    • The UFLAC clinical team is planning on having a table and would love peer support volunteers to help man our booth!  If interested, please contact Tiffany Zamora for more information:
  • 07/09/2024: Coping Skills for Firefighters and their Families Webinar
    • More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks.
  • 09/10-13/2024: CISM/GRIN Training
    • For those peer supporters who only have IAFF Peer Support Training or if there are members that want to become peer supporters, please spread the word.  Space is limited and details will be given to attendees.
    • Please contact Tiffany Zamora for more information:
  • 10/15-18/2024 PSPSA Public Safety Peer Support Association Conference
    • Peer supporters are welcome to attend this informative event. Space is limited and details/reimbursements given for the conference. Accommodations get booked quickly, so if you want to get a room where the conference is held, a timely response is needed. If interested, please contact Tiffany Zamora for more information:

Lastly if you have recently changed assignments, please fill out the provided Google Form to have your information updated and teams adjusted accordingly.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to each other’s mental well-being. Your efforts create a healthier, more supportive workplace for us all.

Stay safe and take care,

Clinical Staff

UFLAC Center for Health and Wellness

Published on May 7, 2024