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Blog gets a Facelift

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Journeys Through Grief Newsletter - Holiday Issue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peggy Sweeney Nov 11, 2011. 2 Replies

The holiday season for many of us is not always a happy and joyful time as the television and radio commercials would want us to believe. Thanksgiving and Christmas may cause stress and anxiety. In…Continue

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Peggy Sweeney is now friends with Oldman and Tom Hetherington
Mar 5
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Mar 5
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Blog gets a Facelift

What do you think of the updated Grieving Behind the Badge Blog site? http://bit.ly/GBBnet Want to join 1,670 other subscribers? Click herePeggy Sweeney, EditorSee More
Mar 4
Peggy Sweeney's blog post was featured

Suicide. A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 it was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 38,364 deaths. Based on data about suicides in sixteen National Violent Death Reporting System states in 2009, 33.3% of suicide decedents tested positive for alcohol, 23% for…See More
Feb 3
Peggy Sweeney posted a blog post

Suicide. A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 it was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 38,364 deaths. Based on data about suicides in sixteen National Violent Death Reporting System states in 2009, 33.3% of suicide decedents tested positive for alcohol, 23% for…See More
Jan 20
Peggy Sweeney commented on Justine Mahley's group Females of the Emergency Services
"The December issue of the Grieving Behind the Badge newsletter is now online. http://bit.ly/GBBdec2014"
Dec 12, 2013
Peggy Sweeney posted a status
"The December Grieving Behind the Badge newsletter is now online. http://bit.ly/GBBdec2014"
Dec 12, 2013
Peggy Sweeney posted a status
"Subscribe - Journeys Through Grief newsletters: free, online publications for families & emergency responders. http://bit.ly/JtGsubscribe"
Oct 30, 2013
Peggy Sweeney posted a blog post

What You Can Do with Anger

If you choose to use anger in a positive fashion, it can be the driving force behind saving lives.For those of us in the emergency response professions, we are always saddened to learn about the line of duty death of a firefighter, EMS person, or police officer especially if they were a member of our department or someone who was a very close friend.I do not doubt that each one of us, in our own way, tries to cope with a variety of thoughts and feelings when we hear the news. The closer you are…See More
Oct 22, 2013
Peggy Sweeney posted a photo
Sep 2, 2013
Adam VanGerpen and Peggy Sweeney are now friends
Aug 23, 2013
Peggy Sweeney's blog post was featured

FIRST STEP HOPE: Not All Wounds Are Visible

The Sweeney Alliance is proud to announce our newest educational experience for emergency responders and law enforcement professionals: FIRST STEP HOPE: Not All Wounds Are Visible. Peggy Sweeney, editor of the Grieving Behind the Badge Blog and Shannon Pennington present a very unique, interactive presentation addressing…See More
Aug 6, 2013
Peggy Sweeney posted a status
"Download FIRST STEP HOPE: Not All Wounds Are Visible brochure for all emergency responders and public safety. http://bit.ly/FirstStepHope2"
Jul 25, 2013
Peggy Sweeney posted a status
"The June edition of the Grieving Behind the Badge newsletter is online http://bit.ly/GBBJune2013"
Jun 12, 2013
Timothy O. Casey liked Peggy Sweeney's blog post The Sweeney Alliance: Who We Are, What We Do
Jun 10, 2013
Peggy Sweeney posted a blog post

The Sweeney Alliance: Who We Are, What We Do

by Peggy Sweeney, Founder/PresidentThe Sweeney AllianceWho We AreOur Mission StatementThe Sweeney Alliance, a  non-profit, Texas-based organization, provides training programs and educational material relating to grief, post-traumatic stress, and suicide prevention for the emergency response community and their families in North America. We promote a mentally healthy work environment through cooperation with local, state, and national fire service and law enforcement agencies and organizations.…See More
Jun 5, 2013

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Secretary / Treasurer
Years in Fire/EMS:
5
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Comfort (TX) VFD
Years With Department/Agency
3
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Sanilac County (MI) EMS

Ore Springs-Como VFD (Paris, TN)
About Me:
Peggy Sweeney is the founder and president of the Sweeney Alliance, a non-profit company providing educational programs, resources, and support services for families and professionals coping with traumatic events. Since 1997, she has taught her Grieving Behind the Badge program for firefighters/EMS, police and correctional officers, emergency dispatchers, their families, and department chaplains. Peggy is the author of award-winning articles dedicated to dealing with the sensitive issues that come with job-related stress and grief in emergency services and public safety. She has been a contributing editor for numerous print and electronic media including the Los Angeles Fire Firefighter newspaper (former staff writer). Peggy is a mortician (retired), bereavement educator, member of the Comfort (TX) VFD and the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force, and a former EMT-B.
Day Job:
Bereavement Educator and editor of the Journeys Through Grief Newsletters
Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
Facebook or Other Online Profile:
http://sweeney-alliance.org/grievingbehindthebadge/
Top Issues Facing Responders:
PTSD and suicide in the fire service

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Peggy Sweeney's Blog

Suicide. A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 8:13am 0 Comments

Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 it was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 38,364 deaths. Based on data about suicides in sixteen National Violent Death…

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What You Can Do with Anger

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 8:46am 0 Comments

If you choose to use anger in a positive fashion, it can be the driving force behind saving lives.

For those of us in the emergency response professions, we are always saddened to learn about the line of duty death of a firefighter, EMS person, or police officer especially if they were a member of our department or someone who was a very close friend.

I do not doubt that each one of…

Continue

FIRST STEP HOPE: Not All Wounds Are Visible

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 4:24pm 0 Comments

The Sweeney Alliance is proud to announce our newest educational experience for emergency responders and law enforcement professionals: FIRST STEP HOPE: Not All Wounds Are Visible. Peggy Sweeney, editor of the Grieving Behind the Badge Blog and Shannon Pennington present a very unique, interactive…

Continue

The Sweeney Alliance: Who We Are, What We Do

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:59pm 0 Comments

by Peggy Sweeney, Founder/President

The Sweeney Alliance



Who We Are

Our Mission Statement

The Sweeney Alliance, a  non-profit, Texas-based organization, provides training programs and educational material relating to grief, post-traumatic stress, and suicide prevention for…

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At 12:55pm on February 3, 2012, Timothy O. Casey said…

Thanks Peggy it was a good call and it keeps giving.

At 5:08pm on November 11, 2011, Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd said…

 

 

Asking for help is something that firefighter's don't necessarily like to do. We are a self-sufficient bunch of men and women that are the ones called to help make the problem go away, not be part of it. 

 

 

My wife worked as a hospice RN. She now deals with sick kids. This part of life fully sucks and it takes a hero and angel like yourself to handle this part of the emergency response that so many of us are never prepared to deal with and handle effectively. You have my admiration and respect.

Michael Schlags, Fire Captain / Paramedic / WMD Hazmat Specialist Santa Barbara County Fire Department (Retired)

 

At 9:31pm on July 29, 2011, Mark Fuqua said…
Hey Peggy, Thanks for having me as a friend. Hope you have a good weekend. "STAY SAFE AND KEEP IN TOUCH"
At 11:50am on July 29, 2011, Michael David White said…
Welcome to the Nation Peggy! Cheers from Canada!
At 2:35pm on July 28, 2011, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Peggy, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon
 
 
 

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