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What is WC First?

Wood County First is a confidential support program for employees to talk to co-workers about personal and professional related stress. First Responder employment takes a toll on health, marriage, family and careers.

We have to take care of ourselves to take care of others. As a field, we’ve done a much better job at taking care of others, and this program is designed to provide each other the same support we provide the community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I talk about problems other than work?
A. Yes, WC First recognizes that work affects your home life, and your home life affects your work performance. It is important to have support in both areas to be able to function with your job.

Q. How do I know I can trust my Peer Support Team?
A. Confidentiality is taken very seriously and protected by state law (Ohio Revised Code 2317.02). Each team member was selected based upon their experiences and personal characteristics. One of these is their dedication to confidentiality. If they do not uphold this requirement, they will be removed from the team.

Q. Will my employer find out I contacted the Peer Support Team?
A. No.  However, in extreme circumstances where safety is a concern, support personnel may be contacted, though safeguards are in place to ensure confidentiality.

Q. Can Peer Support team members provide a referral for professional help?
A. Yes, at your request. Peer Support Team members have access to resources based upon your need and insurance for ease of connecting. They can assist in removing some of the frustrations of seeking help.

Signs and Symptoms of Stress

• Fatigue
• Nausea
• Muscle Tremors
• Chest Pain
• Headaches
• Anxiety
• Guilt
• Grief
• Denial
• Emotional Shock
• Uncertainty
• Confusion
• Poor attention
• Poor decision making
• Heightened or lowered alertness
• Suspiciousness
• Startle reflex
• Withdrawal
• Emotional outbursts
• Sleep Issues
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When to Contact Peer Support

Peer Supporters are available for all first responders, including Law Enforcement, Fire Service, EMS, Hospital Personnel, Dispatch, Family Members and other responders.

You can contact a Peer Support Team member with any problems causing stress, including: Death/Loss, Separation/Divorce, Burnout, Family/Parenting Issues, Health Issues, Alcohol/Drugs, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma, and Tough Calls.

How to Contact Peer Support

A list of contact information for peer supporters is available within each department/agency. If you would like general information on the program or are interested in becoming a peer supporter, please contact the individual below.

Scott Frank
sfrank@bgohio.org

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Additional Resources:

  • Text Crisis Line: 741-741    (Text ‘4hope’ or ‘badge’)

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK/ 8255

    • Veterans- press ‘1’ or text 838255

  • 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

  • Safe Call Now: 1-877-230-6060 or 206-459-3020

  • Combat Call Center:  1-877-927-8387

  • TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline: 1-800-959-TAPS/ 8277