Health and Wellbeing Resources

Mental health and wellness resources are available to all federal wildland fire personnel right now through the Employee Assistance Program and individual agencies.

A smiling woman extends her hand in a gesture of support. Photo by Ave through Adobe Stock.

No one has to go it alone. Resources are available to help wildland fire personnel with mental health and wellness. Photo by Ave through Adobe Stock.

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or are in distress, call or text 988.  The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people experiencing a crisis or suicidal thoughts. You can call, text, or chat for support. Even if you are not experiencing a crisis, you can contact the service for resources and advice to help you or someone else.

If you or someone else is at immediate risk of harming yourself or another person, call 911.

Information on the health and wellbeing resources available to Interior Department and USDA Forest Service employees can be found on the National Interagency Fire Center talking care of our own webpage

Employee Assistance Program

The Interior Department and USDA Forest Service offer an Employee Assistance Program that gives our personnel access to professional, confidential counseling and consultation that can help employees resolve life challenges. Services are available at no cost to employees or members of their family. The departments have contracted with Espyr to provide assessments, short-term counseling, and referral services for a wide range of personal and work-life issues.

Recognizing the importance of these services for employees like our wildland firefighters, the Employee Assistance Program is now available to seasonal and temporary employees. Additionally, under the new contract, employees who leave active-duty status for reasons such as resignation, furlough, or retirement may continue to receive services for up to six months. Their eligible family members may also continue to receive services during this period.

As we expand mental health support, we will build on the Employee Assistance Program and other existing resources to create comprehensive mental health services for our wildland firefighters. 

A live counselor is available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

USDA Forest Service Employees:

          Mobile: download the Espyr Connect mobile app on IOS or Android devices
          Password ID: usfs

Department of the Interior Employees:

          Call 1-800-869-0276
          Mobile: download the Espyr Connect mobile app on IOS or Android devices
          Organization ID: interioreap
         Learn more:

Health and Wellbeing Contacts

Each agency provides behavioral health and wellbeing resources and has designated a point of contact.

USDA Forest Service

          Casualty Assistance and Critical Incident Stress Management
          Casualty Assistance Program webpage

          Critical Incident Stress Management webpage

          Vacant (formerly Katie Mergel)
          Casualty Assistance Program and Critical Incident Stress Management National Coordinator
          Mental Health Resources
Wildland Firefighter Mental Health Resources SharePoint (for employees)

          Alexis Waldron
          Wildland Firefighter Mental Health Coordinator

Department of the Interior

          Bureau of Indian Affairs
          Nelda St. Clair
          National Critical Incident Stress Management Coordinator

          Bureau of Land Management
          Dr. Patricia O’Brien
          National Mental Health and Wellbeing Program Manager

          National Park Service
          Wellness & Resilience Portal (for employees)

          Dr. Dana Lee
          Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
          Mental Health and Wellness Intranet (for employees)

          Holly Foshay
          National Mental Health Specialist

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