Firefighter Emotional Wellness: Reconnecting with Yourself and Others is a training exercise for your heart and mind. It’s an excellent, evidence-based self-help book with boots on the ground sharing interviews with firefighters and how they adapt.
“You are looking at a critical part of your success as a first responder and human being, and it doesn’t mean that you will have perfect understanding right away – or ever, but what it means is you will begin to find tools that help you grapple with what you have seen.” – Jada Hudson
What they are saying:
“By sharing personal stories of her clients’ emotional wellness struggles, Jada Hudson takes away the stigma of talking about things like depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidal ideation,” said Dr. Thomas E. Joiner, an academic psychologist, author and professor of psychology, Florida State University. “Firefighter Emotional Wellness: Reconnecting with Yourself and Others is a must-read for every academy recruit, newlywed, leader, retiree, spouse, and individual who wants to become or remain emotionally well.”
“I highly recommend this book for first responders, peer support programs, chaplains and clinicians,” said Dr. Joel Fay, whoteaches intervention, case law, PTSD, Suicide by Cop and Self Care for Sacramento PD CIT. “Jada Hudson brings a considerable wealth of information regarding the mental health and treatment of first responders. She covers a broad range of topics including PTSD, suicide, stress and trauma, resiliency, and treatment. She shares her professional knowledge and writes from her personal experience and the book is richer for it.”
About the author:
Jada Hudson is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) with special training in pediatric death and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She served as the Clinical Director of Program Development for Illinois Fire Fighter Peer Support (ILFFPS) and was a Clinical Consultant for Operation Shattered Stars (OSS).
Hudson currently works with first responders in private practice in Illinois.