Target

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.

Team

In 2016, a group of emergency responders teamed up with the National Mental Health Innovation Center at  the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to improve supports for emergency responder mental wellness. We came from across branches to include law enforcement (police, sheriff, state patrol and corrections), fire, EMS, and dispatch. We represent career, volunteer and retired responders. Our mission is to provide a trusted, easily accessible platform containing vetted education, tools, and clinical resources for responders, their leaders, their families and the clinicians who work with them. We have also been building education modules for community colleges, academies, agencies and families. When we know better, we do better and together we are stronger.

Work

ResponderStrong is committed to the belief 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.

Partners

All Clear Foundation

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

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Brower Psychological

Counseling, trauma services, critical incident support and training for responders and 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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First 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 and trauma

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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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responderRel8

A social network for responder mental wellness

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SonderMind

Quickly connecting responders with local therapists who understand their specific needs - help maximize utilization of benefits to decrease out of pocket costs for services

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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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First Responder Psychology

Counseling, critical incident response, training and consultation

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Law Enforcement Survival Institute

Building Tactical Resilience and Ethical Policing

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That Peer Support Couple

Cathy and Javier Bustos- law enforcement peer support

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Warrior's Rest Foundation

Counseling, critical incident response, peer support training and resources for first responders

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Desert Waters Correctional Outreach

Promoting the occupational, personal and family well-being of the corrections workforce

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Building Warriors

Counseling and peer support for military, responders, and their families

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Badge2Badge

Group support for responders dealing with grief, trauma or recovery

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Contact Us

ResponderStrong/NMHIC
13199 E. Montview Blvd
Aurora CO 80045
303-724-0745
info@ResponderStrong.org