Mindfulness and First Responder Suicide

In his book, Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh writes, mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what is the use in seeing? We must be aware of the real problems of the world. Then, with mindfulness, we will know what to do and what not to do to be of help. Are we planting seeds of joy and peace? I try to do that with every step. Peace is every step … Shall we continue the journey?

My translation as it relates to First Responder Suicide: We must learn something from every First Responder who committed suicide, but we must focus on the present state of affairs and the First Responders who continue to suffer every day. If we do not, we will relive the unacceptable past! WE must do more than simply acknowledge the problem, WE must identify the extent of the problem in our respective areas of operation, identify a plan of action, implement a plan, conduct relentless follow-up, and fine tune the action plan as new information becomes available. I ask you. Are YOU acknowledging the problem and are YOU mindfully (with focus and determination) doing something about it or are you sitting idly by waiting on someone else to do something for YOUR First Responders? Sadly, this battle will never be completely won, but if WE can collectively help one First Responder win his / her battle, we will have made a difference!

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