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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.

The National 9-99 Police and Sheriff Foundation

Blue H.E.L.P.

Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance

Health & Wellness: Firefighter Suicide—The Families Left Behind | Firehouse

Re-institute – Fit For Duty – First Responder PTSD & Addiction Treatment

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.

Crisis Text Line

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.

Boca Recovery Center 

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.





Lanier Law Firm

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.

Begin your recovery at American Addiction Centers (AAC), the leading provider for addiction treatment nationwide, which specializes in evidence-based treatment and mental healthcare services.

Veterans of the U.S. military may need specialized care to deal with common health issues as they age. To help these brave men and women, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has established dozens of programs and services exclusively for veterans.

Outside of the VA, many health care organizations focus on the well-being of veterans. While not affiliated with the government, these organizations provide healing and support to those who served in the military.


First responders like police officers, fire-fighters, medical EMTs, & many others, heroically serve our communities every day, arriving first on the scene of a crisis, disasters, emergencies, and other violent events. As a result, first responders suffer disproportionately from exposure to trauma and trauma-related stress and other mental health effects. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has reported that roughly one in three or 33% of first responders—namely, police officers, fire-fighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel develop substance abuse and or behavioral health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their job.

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