EMS and Fire Peer Support Group in Metro Detroit

Metro Detroit EMS and Fire Peer Support Group

Find support in our EMS & Fire Peer Support Group

Welcome to our EMS & Fire Peer Support Group created and led by Lenette Wood, MS LPC NCC EMDR-IA/EMT.

Lenette, a fellow first responder, understands the hardships you face. She recognizes the constant exposure to traumatic situations and the hesitancy to seek help due to stigma or fear of judgment. However, she firmly believes that seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness. By sharing experiences, offering support, and promoting mental health awareness, peer support groups can help EMS & Fire responders:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety: Talking to others who understand your situation can be incredibly therapeutic and help you cope with the emotional burden of your job.
  • Improve coping mechanisms: Peer support groups can equip you with healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress, improve sleep, and maintain emotional well-being.
  • Prevent burnout: Feeling supported and understood by your peers can help prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, allowing you to continue serving your community effectively.
  • Build camaraderie: Connecting with others who share your experiences can foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie, reducing feelings of isolation.

If you are an EMS or Fire Professional in Metro Detroit, Michigan, struggling with the stress of your job, you don’t have to go through it alone. Please join us to connect with colleagues who understand your challenges and build a support network.

About Lenette Wood

Lenette Wood is an EMT Manager II – Peer Support Specialist at Detroit Fire Department. Combining 27 years of hands-on experience as a Licensed Emergency Medical Technician with a passion for mental health, she stands as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and NCC, uniquely equipped to understand and support first responders.

Having served both in the private and non-private ambulance sector, Lenette transitioned off the road a year ago but remains deeply connected to the community. She strives to provide invaluable insight and support to medical first responders, EMTs, and firefighters who navigate the challenges specific to their demanding careers and the things they witness and experience.

Lenette is extensively trained and experienced to provide the following clinical interventions:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by the International Association
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Reiki to offer a holistic approach to healing
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCPT) by Evergreen Certifications
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

By taking care of your mental health, you can better serve your community and yourself. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


EMS and Fire Mental Health Resources

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • Sharing your story, or even offering words of encouragement, will help frontline professionals across the nation experience the strength that comes with reaching out to others for support. It’s also a powerful way to stand with your fellow frontline responders no matter where you are. We stand stronger when we stand together: Stories and Videos from Frontline Professionals
  • SAMSHA: Programs where responders support each other can be helpful as a way to acknowledge the difficulties in response work, strengthen teams, and equip responders to cope more effectively.
  • NAMI: Information and resources specifically for public safety professionals, including simple tips to build your resiliency, wellness strategies, as well as resources for your loved ones.
  • The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7/365 — and you don’t have to be in crisis to call or text.
  • The Crisis Text Line also offers free 24/7 mental health support. Text “10-18” to 741741 for help.