Breaking the Silence: Insights into the Impact of Being a Firefighter on Men's Mental Health

The purpose of this investigation was to explore the impact being a firefighter has on men’s mental health. Providing insights into how firefighters experience their work, both in terms of the job requirements as well as the occupational culture in which they work, offering personal descriptions and thus a deeper understanding of trauma symptoms related to fire fighting, providing a window into a largely closed culture and how the overt and tacit norms in the fire department impact the firefighters mental health, and finally, by speaking, the participants have started the process of breaking the silence that seems to plague the fire service related to disclosing mental health symptoms.

Research Paper, 2009

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