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LA County looks into beefing up mental health programs for first responders

A fire in Riverside in Dec. 2017. First responders are at high risk of chronic stress and depression.
A fire in Riverside in Dec. 2017. First responders are at high risk of chronic stress and depression.
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Whether there’s a mass shooting, a large fire or a fatal car crash, first responders are there. That kind of job can lead to chronic stress and depression. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors asked the fire chief, sheriff's department and other agencies to reevaluate their current suicide and mental health programs with an eye towards improving them.