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9.11 & Suicide Prevention Month

Photo: 9.11 Memorial, NYC. Credit: Ashleigh Miller

19 years ago, the history of our nation changed forever.

On 9.11.2001, 343 brave men and women showed us the true meaning of being a hero. They paid the ultimate price to save the lives of others. Today, we remember their selflessness, tremendous courage, and unwavering dedication. Their heroism will never be forgotten.


Climb Virtually from September 11 – December 31

9.11 Memorial Stair Climbs are going virtual! Visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at for information on virtual stair climbs, registration details, and to download your Virtual Stair Climb Toolkit.

Each climb remembers a hero and helps the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation assist their families.

Climb at a Live Event

NYSEG Stadium – 211 Henry Street, , Binghamton, NY September 27, 2020, 7:30am – 1:30pm

Fortress Obetz – 2015 Recreation Trail, Obetz, OH September 12, 2020, 8:00am – 11:00pm

Fifth Third Ballpark – 4500 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI September 12, 2020, 8:00am – 11:30am

Fluor Field Greenville Drive Stadium – 945 South Main Street, Greenville, SC September 12, 2020, 7:00am – 2:00pm

William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower – 312 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN September 13, 2020, All Day

Edgewater Beach Resort – 11212 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL September 12, 2020, 8:00am – 1:00pm


September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The facts and figures:

  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 31% since 2001.

  • 46%  of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition.

  • While half of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms.

  • In 2019, more police officers died by suicide than in the line of duty. Blue H.E.L.P

  • A 2018 study found not only are first responders more likely to die by suicide than on duty, but rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorders among firefighters have been found as much as five-times higher than that of the general population. Ruderman Foundation

YFFR's Founder & CEO, Olivia Mead, was in New York City on 9.11.2001.

Looking back, Olivia credits the historic day as one of the catalysts for her to begin teaching yoga to the first responder population. She recognized the desperate need to fill a gap in first responder training programs across the country. Training for the mental aspects of the job - particularly building mental and emotional resiliency - was largely an unmet need.

YFFR is working diligently to fill that need.

The YogaShield® Yoga For First Responders® (YFFR) mission is to provide public safety and military with formalized yoga training that is culturally informed and job specific for the purposes of processing stress, building resilience and enhancing job performance.

The figures on mental health and suicide above are astounding, especially in the first responder population.

They tell us that as a non-profit organization teaching mental resiliency, we can help prevent suicide by teaching first responders to train their minds, build their mental and emotional resilience, and regulate their nervous systems.

Join us in smashing the stigma that seeking help for mental health is weak.

Training the mind is just as important as training the body.

We urge you to take time for your own mental health, and be there for those who need you. #BeThe1To help save a life.

seek Help. Reach out. You are not alone. #StigmaFree

Call - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Text - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Send "NAMI" to 741741


Critical Need Support from YFFR

The intention of this recording is to guide you to a place of safety and control over your nervous system if and when you find yourself in the waves of distress, anxiety, or panic.

DISCLAIMER: The Critical Need Support is a breath work tool provided to assist you during times of anxiety or panic. It is not a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis or treatment or for emergency assistance. If you are experiencing a medical emergency or are unsafe, call 911, a supervisor, or family member. YogaShield assumes no responsibility for how you use this information.**

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