Understanding grief, the epidemic of suicide, and the efforts to prevent it. This week, Mary VanHaute, suicide prevention specialist, shares invaluable insights into the needed change to address suicide rates in America and the firehouse. Paul and Mary also discuss how grief affects people and can change families. This week’s podcast captures the mission of Beyond the Shield Perfectly as we talk about difficult topics and ignite hope for change. Subscribe and don’t miss an episode! Visit us on: Instagram:   / conwayshield   Website: https://www.conwayshield.com/ Important links Conway Shield: https://www.conwayshield.com/shieldbu… Chief’s Choice: https://www.conwayshield.com/fire/chi… Conway Shield Training: https://www.conwayshield.com/training… About us: https://www.conwayshield.com/about-us Chapters: 0:00 intro 2:11 The Why? 8:30 Lasting Grief 16:40 Bereavement policies 25:00 Suicide as a societal issue 39:00 Observations vs Data 46:00 Hiding the hurt 50:00 Beginning Change 57:00 Don’t struggle in silence 1:08 PTSD in the workplace 1:16 you don’t leave the tragedy with the uniform 1:22 Closing

By Paul Conway

Founder Paul J. Conway’s firefighting heritage runs deep through 3 generations. His father, the late Charles B. Conway, served 34 years with the New Berlin, WI Fire Department (21 of them as Fire Chief). Following his father’s footsteps, Paul extended the family legacy from New Berlin to the Milwaukee, WI Fire Department, serving for 31 years while rising through the ranks like his father before him. Now retired, Assistant Chief Paul J. Conway understands the value of relationships and has the utmost respect for all those who protect and serve. He understands first-hand how critical it is to have the best equipment available for firefighters and law enforcement officers. As our company continues to grow with the adapting needs of our customers, we continue our commitment to service excellence and have established Conway Shield, now offering full line protection in both the fire and law enforcement communities.

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