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A Fire Chief's Raw Journey through Mental Illness in the Family

About This Episode

In this episode, you will:

  • Understand the impact of leadership in overcoming adversity.

  • Challenge the stigma surrounding mental health issues within families.

  • Recognize the crucial role of support in mental health recovery.

  • Implement effective strategies for suicide prevention and awareness.

  • Explore the influential impact of personal stories on mental health advocacy.

Meet Pat Kenny

PATRICK J. KENNY has been a member of the fire service for over 38 years, and before retiring in January 2021 served as the Fire Chief in Hinsdale and Western Springs, Illinois. He has been a Chief Officer for over 25 years and a speaker in multiple countries on Mayday for Mental Health® for more than a decade. He is the international best-selling author of TAKING THE CAPE OFF: How to Lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss and has articles published in the areas of mental health, leadership, fire safety, and fire code challenges. He was awarded the Fire Chief of the Year in 2004 by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and in 2021 he was awarded Fire Chief Emeritus status by the Executive Board of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. He was awarded the Fire Engineering/International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award for 2020-2021.This is Part 1 of a two part interview with Pat Kenny.

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