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PCCC’s Fire Science Coordinator Speaks at Congressional Staff Briefing on Capitol Hill.

Posted October 13, 2016

 
PCCC Fire Science Coordinator Michael Allora
speaks at a congressional staff briefing on Capitol Hill.
(Photo courtesy of the National Council for Behavioral Health)

 

 
PCCC’s Fire Science Program Coordinator Michael Allora recently traveled to Washington, D.C. where he was among the speakers in a congressional staff briefing on mental health and substance abuse disorders hosted by the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Eating Disorders Coalition.

 
The September 26 briefing focused on the importance of early identification and evidence-based training on how to reach out to someone in crisis. Mental Health First Aid, a national program that provides such training, was a highlight of the briefing.

 
“Mental Health First Aid literally saves lives,” said Mr. Allora, who is also the Deputy Fire Chief in Clifton where he has trained fellow firefighters. He teaches them not only how to help civilians in crisis, but also how to deal with the emotional and mental stress they may experience as a consequence of their intense work.

 
“I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of a conversation with firefighters struggling with depression, post-traumatic stress, and thoughts of suicide,” Mr. Allora told the Capitol Hill audience. “This program works.” 

 
Read more about the briefing in this news report from the NCBH