A very special thanks to Dansun Photos for allowing us to use some of his beautiful artwork that captures the stress that only fellow First Responders can truly understand. 

 

Find the HelpThat's Right For You

Please note that the above link takes you to National Suicide Prevention Hotline, for the Veteran Specific hotline simply press one., . Below you will find several other options, including the Safe Call Now, which is a first responder specific hotline. 


First responder specific

Safe Call Now – 1-206-459-3020 or 1-877-230-6060

Safe Call Now is a resource for public safety employees to speak confidentially with officers, former law enforcement officers, public safety professionals and/or mental healthcare providers who are familiar with your line of work. CONFIDENTIAL, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide.

Share The Load – 1-888-731-3473

A program run by the National Volunteer Fire Council. They have a help line, and have also collected a list of many good resources for people looking for help and support.

cop 2 cop – 1-866-COP-2COP 

A 24/7 hotline based in New Jersey staffed by retired officers who are licensed Clinical Social Worker, known as Cop Clinicians, and specifically trained Mental Health professionals, along with volunteer retired officers who are trained as peer supporters. 

Dr. gina gallivan – 1-714-379-8000

Helpforpolice.com is a resource that specialize in employee support and family services for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, public safety personnel, military personnel and their families. 


National HeLpLine for USA

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

The national (USA) suicide hotline. Not first responder specific, but they can and will talk to anyone who needs help.

Lifeline Crisis Chat

A online help chat that is part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. Get help via chat instead of telephone call.

 

 


veterans

Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or text 838255

 


OTHER RESOURCES

 

911 Wellness foundation

The foundation's mission is to foster optimal health fueling resilience, peak performance, and a high Quality of Life (at work and at home) for our nation’s 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators (PST). These 911 Professionals are the Very First Responders when citizens seek emergency help. 

911 training institute 

A resource for resilience training and consulting with Jim Marshall, M.A., Founder and Director, Certified Therapist in EMDR. 911 Training Institute (911TI) is a division of MasterCare Institute, a clinical and consulting practice specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress and relationships, established by Jim Marshall in 1996. Jim has conducted over 30,000 hours of therapy--a privilege and education that served as the basis for his work in the 911 industry. But his story and the essence of 911TI is intertwined with the story of  a very special telecommunicator...

 911TI was first launched in 2005 to fulfill the vision of veteran 911 professional Deborah Achtenberg, ENP (Retired). "Debbie" was a first-generation 911 pioneer who defied the label--"Just a dispatcher" and pushed the envelope: she created SOPs and built hiring and training standards for her agency where none existed. She believed that 911 professionals deserved training in stress resilience and crisis call management--training that was truly designed for them by a mental health expert who understood the telecommunicator's unique role and stressors as the Very First Responder.

FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ALLIANCE

In order for FBHA to serve the needs of  fire and EMS families, the more information we gather on the firefighter, suicide method, and catalysts that triggered the event, the better prepared we are for proactive training and prevention. With this information, we can provide a profile that helps identify at-risk firefighters and EMS personnel before the tragedy strikes.

We request that anyone having information on a firefighter or EMS suicide, please contact FBHA by using the Confidential Suicide Reporting Form. We are mindful that some agencies prohibit the release of information by their departments, and that some family members may not be aware that there is a way to make notifications, we have developed a “blind form” that assists in providing anonymity for the submitting party. Once you submit this confidential form, it is transmitted to FBHA’s inbox, with the sender information removed. Since we have no means to contact the submitter, we appreciate as much information that you can provide. At a minimum, we require the agency’s name, state, firefighter’s sex, rank, years of service, date of death, how death occurred, and any stressors identified or suspected as being a catalyst. We would appreciate any additional information or details that can be provided in the comments area of the form.

It is FBHA’s policy not to release firefighter/EMT or department specific information. We respect the privacy of the families and agencies involved. It is not our intention to cause any undue pain to families or agencies. Additionally, we do not release the specific case information to the media.

Sincerely, Jeff Dill, Founder, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance

1ST ALLIANCE

First Alliance is working to bring together First Responders and a variety of resource that can assist in the time of need. They have 3 primary goals: to provide a central Global support database so First Responders can confidentially find spiritual and emotional help, to form an alliance of First Responders that can change legislation and benefits, and to collect post traumatic stress injury and suicide data that can be presented to affect change. 

ASSIST (Applied suicide skills intervention training)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

Start your recovery now

StartYourRecovery.org offers relatable information for people who are dealing with substance use issues — and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and we aim to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery.

Our goal is to offer people who are dealing with substance use issues a single source of reputable, objective information about signs, symptoms, conditions, treatment options, and resources — presented in a user-friendly format and in language that’s easy to understand. First we asked: “Why doesn’t someone offer access to these resources in one place?” Then we asked: “Why don’t we?”

THE CODE GREEN CAMPAIGN

The campaign has two main goals. The primary goal is raising awareness of the high rates of mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide among first responders. The secondary goal is providing education for responders on how to provide care for themselves and recognize issues in their peers.

Their website has numerous helpful links and they provide an outlet for first responders to share their personal stories of critical stress. 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: we have no affiliation with the above organizations, this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.