Florida announces $12M for first responders' mental health

  • Source: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa
  • Published: 12/06/2021 12:00 AM

Talk to many firefighters and they’ll explain that "suck it up and get on the truck" mentality. "Coming from a law enforcement family, to talk about feelings and emotions is a challenge at times," admitted firefighter Dustin Hawkins. "After my father, being 30 years in law enforcement, I just now coaxed him into the ‘snuggle with the struggle.’ I have to tackle the man to hug the man." But as of today, mental health assistance is on the fast track to Florida first responders, to the tune of $12 million. "We need to have resources as people have challenges involving mental health resiliency," said Governor Ron DeSantis. At a roundtable Friday afternoon, Florida’s first lady Casey DeSantis announced $12 million in funding to expand peer-to-peer mental health services available for first responders through the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to bolster existing prevention and intervention services for first responders and their families.


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