"The problem is the Copley Fire Department does not know the extent to which employees experience mental health issues and lacks a system to identify and treat them. The purpose of this research was to determine the extent to which the Copley Fire Department employees experience mental health issues and determine how to identify and treat them. A descriptive research method was used to determine the extent of mental health problems at the Copley Fire Department, how these issues compare to the larger fire service and to describe any difference between needed and available resources.Personal interviews and a literature search explained the difficulties addressing mental health and guided the choice of a psychological assessment instrument to measure mental illness at the Copley Fire Department. The results showed 48.6% of Copley Firefighters were in psychological distress at a minimal level, 37.1 % were in mild distress, 8.6% were moderate, and 5.7% were severe. Compared to other studies, psychological distress levels at the Copley Fire Department are higher in some areas and lower in others. A description of existing behavioral health resources at the Copley Fire Department was also compared to needed resources.A clear comparison to previous studies was difficult due to limited previous research and the lack of a consistent standard for measuring mental illness the fire service. Existing behavioral health resources at the Copley Fire Department are limited to employee self-referral and employer facilitated referral. The behavioral health resources needed at the Copley Fire Department should be enhanced with a formal program following the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Everyone Goes Home Initiative 13 and the National Fire Protection Association's Standard 1500, Occupational Safety and Health Programs."
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