Join us for a global conversation, examining the wellbeing of frontline workers of the emergency and essential services - together we will share experiences of the difficulties faced by frontline colleagues in the UK and the USA.
We will explore what can be done to support colleagues at home and around the world - with the aspirations of creating a global movement to support our colleagues.
30th June 2020
2:00 pm United States of America (EST).
7:00 pm United Kingdom (GMT+1)
Mike Somma, Fire Fighter & EMT, USA
Mike has been involved in the fire service for 26 years. He has served as a Firefighter, EMT, Fire & EMT Instructor, Fire Inspector, and an Underwater Search & Recovery Diver. He has been involved with the Hudson County Crisis Intervention team in Hudson County since 2016 and is the current Hospital Safety Officer for Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus NJ. He has been involved with peer support in North Jersey for many years and helped to establish the Jersey City Fire Department Peer Support Team. Mike was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the IAFF/PFANJ Peer Support Unit which assists members in the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey and serves as the coordinator for the unit. Recently, he was part of a team of New Jersey First Responders who worked with NATAL through the New Jersey Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) to develop resiliency training for first responders throughout the State of New Jersey. He believes this focus on resiliency at the outset of a career can help teach new responders how to limit their stress, deal and cope with stressful events and most importantly talk about stress with other responders as well as their families.
Dan Farnworth, Paramedic, United Kingdom
Dan Farnworth is a Paramedic based in the UK on the frontline of the ambulance service.He is also the author of 999: My Life on the Frontline of the ambulance service. He has worked nationally creating networks of support to improve the health and wellbeing of our emergency services and NHS. In 2017, he was lucky to work closely with the Heads Together Programme which was orchestrated by the amazing team at the Royal Foundation. During 2017, they managed to start to change the conversation surrounding mental health, striving to make the topic of mental health an acceptable and daily conversation. In 2018 his focus shifted towards workplace wellbeing, the fellowship involves exploring specific models of wellbeing that are in place in the public services of the USA and New Jersey. He hopes that his findings will help to support the ongoing work in the UK emergency and essential services, to ensure that all employees in the UK have a happy and healthy place to work.