Post-traumatic stress disorder is an important mental health care concern for first responders. Learn about PTSD, its symptoms and how to find help.
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Originating as a campaign from Humanizing the Badge, our unique Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program seeks to address those concerns, and to teach emergency services personnel how to help one another – and themselves – deal with the unique stresses of their chosen profession.
All Clear Foundation – Text BADGE to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)
All Clear Foundation is driven to change the harmful stigmas and daunting statistics plaguing the First Responder profession.
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay – 1-866-4FL-HERO
Offering a lifeline of support to first responders, the Crisis Center’s first responder hotline (1-866-4FL-HERO) allows you to speak confidentially with counselors trained to support first responders in crisis.
Fire/EMS Helpline – 1-888-731-3473
Also known as Share The Load. A program run by the National Volunteer Fire Council. They have a help line, text based help service, and have also collected a list of many good resources for people looking for help and support.
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. We’ve been told by one of their founders they have a large number of first responders and veterans who volunteer.
A service that allows people in crisis to speak with a trained crisis counselor by texting “Start” or “Help” to 741-741.
Copline (Law Enforcement Only) – 1-800-267-5463
A confidential helpline for members of law enforcement. Their website also has additional information on help and resources.
Frontline Helpline – 1-866-676-7500
Run by Frontline Responder Services. Offer 24/7 coverage with first responder call-takers.
Kristin Brooks Hopeline – 1-800-442-4673
Another national (USA) hotline for people suffering from mental health issues.
Veterans Crisis Line (Veterans only)- 1-800-273-8255 & press 1, or text 838255
A crisis line specifically for veterans of the US armed forces.
First Responder Coaching
Offering a proactive approach for all members of the first responder community.
A substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health treatment program. Effective treatment for both PTSD and substance use disorder exists. Oftentimes, people can get treatment in a comprehensive addiction treatment program that addresses co-occurring disorders simultaneously.
Social media addiction. Society is becoming more aware of some of the dangerous effects of social media, especially on young audiences. It is something that we are even actively working with families on to make sure these apps become safer places. Since it is such an important issue, we recently made a page dedicated to social media addiction. It sheds interesting insight into many trends like: which app is the most dangerous, is social media addiction on the rise, are mental health issues increasing, and more.