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First Responders

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Every day, police officers and firefighters and emergency medical technicians  are called to the scenes of drug overdoses, blood-soaked vehicle collisions, homicides, suicides, natural disasters, mass shootings and crimes against children. The serious injuries and deaths that are witnessed by these professionals is unnatural and as a result they may experience unique stressors and emotions they weren’t prepared for.  These experiences may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. For any first responder who may be experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, their are several organizations and programs that can assist you and your family in providing the effective help that you deserve. 

 

Programs, Resources and Education

First Responders Support Network (http://www.frsn.org/)

Provides educational treatment programs to promote recovery from stress and critical incidents experienced by first responders and their families. *They also have a SOS Significant Others & Spouses program

West Coast Post-trauma Retreats

The WCPR program is for first responders whose lives have been affected by their work experience. WCPR is one of only two residential treatment facilities of its kind in the world. The other program is the On-Site Academy in Massachusetts, with which WCPR is affiliated. The WCPR residential program provides an educational experience designed to help current and retired first responders, recognize the signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and in others. FRSN prefers to identify PTSD as a post traumatic stress injury.

When a Child Dies

For first responders (communications, EMTs, police, fire, medical examiners) who witness, attend to or investigate the death of a child during their shift. Source: Badge of Life. 

Code Green Campaign (http://codegreencampaign.org/)

The Code Green Campaign is a first responder oriented mental health advocacy and education organization. Also known as Code Green, we serve all types of first responders, including firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers, police, corrections, air medical, and search & rescue.

Bring awareness to the high rates of mental health issues in first responders and reduce them. Eliminate the stigma that prevents people from admitting these issues and asking for help. Educate first responders on self and peer care and to advocate for systemic change in how mental health issues are addressed by first responder agencies.

Share the Load Program (https://www.nvfc.org/programs/share-the-load-program/)

Program provides access to critical resources and information to help first responders and their families manage and overcome personal and work-related problems. This includes the Fire/EMS Helpline, which offers free 24-hour assistance with issues such as stress, depression, addiction, PTSD, and more.