Every day, emergency responders face stressful and disturbing situations involving traumatic injury and death. Frequent exposure to these critical incidents and other occupational stressors can place us at heightened risk for:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Substance misuse and addiction
  • Strained social relationships and divorce
  • Decreased performance
  • Stress injury and post-traumatic  symptoms (sleep problems, flashbacks, heightened reactivity)
  • Suicide – our suicide rate is almost double that of the national adult average, and far more emergency responders die by suicide than other line-of-duty deaths.


In 2016, a group of emergency responders teamed up with the National Mental Health Innovation Center at  the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. We:

  • United representatives across Colorado from law enforcement, EMS, fire and dispatch, as well as therapists and other experienced support professionals
  • Formed a core group motivated to address issues of mental and emotional resiliency
  • Created the ResponderStrong™ organization to mobilize mental wellness efforts across emergency response sectors in Colorado
  • From 35 members in August 2016, the initiative has now grown to more than 660 members across the country


Functioning as an umbrella entity, we are creating an accessible network of responder-oriented resources. We are also working to identify and fill the gaps, creatively leveraging and amplifying existing expertise while brokering partnerships to address unmet needs.

ResponderStrong is committed to the notion that equipping responders with the tools to protect themselves against the mental and emotional exposures of the job is vital to their overall performance and well-being  – from recruitment through retirement – as well as to their families and the people and communities they serve. Learn more from our annual report.


All Clear Foundation

Supporting First Responders by partnering with experts and agencies to deploy desperately needed resources, fund research and create outreach programs.

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Brower Psychological

Addressing the unique demands of working with first responders and those in police and public safety, as well as their families

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The Center for Relationship Education

Equipping individuals of all ages with skills for developing healthy relationships among families, friends, romantic partners and co-workers

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Code 4 Counseling

Strengthening the natural resiliency of responders and their families through expert, personalized police and public safety counseling and consulting

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Crisis Text Line

A free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.

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Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors

Providing specialized counseling for emergency services personnel and their family members, related to their work and home life

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Endless Possibilities Initiative

Empowering people living with pain to live well, providing experiential learning retreats and workshops that offer a place to make sense of pain

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First Responders Foundation

Partnering with experts and agencies to deploy resources, fund research and create outreach programs that will increase the life expectancy and improve the overall well-being of first responders and their families

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Fraternal Order of Police, Colorado

The voice for Colorado law enforcement

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Nicoletti-Flater Associates

Specialists in police and public safety psychology, crisis intervention, trauma recovery, and violence prevention

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Operation Equine

Helping military, veteran, and emergency responder families reconnect and heal through the power of equine-assisted psychotherapy

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Palmer and Associates

Offering therapy for emergency services personnel and support for agencies

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Project Sanctuary

Supporting military families through counseling, retreats, education and therapeutic recreation

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A social network for mental wellness

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Quickly connecting responders with a local therapist who understands their specific needs

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Status: Code 4, Inc.

Providing mental health services to responders and their family members

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Rocky Mountain Police Chaplains

Serving those who serve us.

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13199 E. Montview Blvd
Aurora CO 80045