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Board Approves Free, Confidential Mental Health Services for First Responders

09/10/19

Excerpts from NBC 7 San Diego story 

The County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a program that would provide free and confidential mental health services to San Diego's first responders. 

The program is named after San Diego Cal Fire Capt. Ryan J. Mitchell, who died by suicide after working 19 days straight in November 2017. At the meeting Tuesday, Mitchell's father, William -- who is now a Cal Fire Chaplain -- accepted a proclamation in his son's honor. 

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said he proposed the program due to a startling 2018 study that found more first responders died by suicide than in the line of duty. 

"I can't promise you that if this program is successful we're going to catch every single person, but we're going to try," Fletcher said

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