Ryan Mains Ultrarunning to Raise Awareness for Firefighter PTSD – BtR 230

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Ryan Mains shares his story about ultrarunning to raise awareness for firefighter PTSD as a firefighter who is struggling with PTSD himself.

About Firefighter PTSD – #EndTheStigma

Some first responder mental health statistics include the following:

  • 1 firefighter commits suicide every three days in the United States
  • First responders are five times more likely to have suicidal ideations than the general public
  • Among firefighters – 46.8% have ideations of suicide, 19.2% plan suicide, and 15.5% make an attempt. (SAMHSA, 2018)
  • Among the general U.S. public – 13.5% have ideations of suicide, 3.9% plan suicide, and 4.6% make an attempt (SAMHSA, 2018)

Resources and Links

Ryan finishing up the 130 km ultrarunning event “Run for Our Lives” in 2020, view video on Facebook

Follow Ryan and his cause on the Facebook Page, Run for Our Lives

The Illinois Firefighter Peer Support Hotline has a page dedicated to Run for Our Lives and information on firefighter PTSD.

Read the 2018 report from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about mental health needs among first responders. Firefighter PTSD is addressed here and information on first responder mental health statistics is provided.

Listen to these past related episodes of Beyond the Rut

BtR 118 – Sean Douglas on Resilience and Life Transformation

BtR 122 – Melissa Monte on Knowing What You Stand For

BtR 151 – Rob Decker Surviving Suicide and Overcoming Drug Addiction

BtR 218 – Katina Stith Overcoming Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking and Suicide

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