Firefighter encourages openness about mental health issues

This Mental Health Awareness Week, and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue firefighter and EMT Chris Gordon is sharing his personal story of asking for help to break the stigma of dealing with mental health issues.

He said he would also like to see other first responders feel more comfortable seeking support. Gordon has been with SPFR for 23 years — more than two decades of responding to calls, some of them very traumatic.

“I would have never talked about things,” Gordon told Spectrum News, reflecting back to those calls earlier in his career.