BOSTON — Massachusetts recently moved forward with a bill that will guarantee confidentiality when a firefighter or police officer talks to a peer counselor.

The bill passed the state House unanimously on Tuesday after being passed in the Senate on July 26, MassLive reported. The lack of confidentiality has led some officers and other first responders to avoid seeking help due to stigma, supporters of the bill said.

"It's another tool to support first responders and to protect and help those who protect and serve," said Rep. Harold Naughton, D-Clinton, House chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. "It will create a mechanism by which our first responders can seek mental health assistance without fear of stigma and with the knowledge that it will be private and discreet." Read More...