Reading/Video Resources for Understanding the Impact of Responder Work

There are so many fantastic sources of information regarding the responder experience and how it can impact responders’ lives. If you are a responder, a family member, a leader, or a clinician working with responders, check out this list for some of the best.

Access to clinicians using your benefits!

ResponderStrong is proud to partner with SonderMind to assist responders in accessing responder-aware mental health clinicians while maximizing the usage of their benefits to decrease out of pocket costs.

ResponderStrong and SonderMind

ResponderStrong and SonderMind have joined forces with the goal of making behavioral healthcare more accessible for the emergency responders of Colorado. Together, we are able to give responders the opportunity to connect with a therapist who specializes in emergency response support and aligns with their needs while using their existing benefits. Through this partnership, we are filling the overwhelming gap in mental healthcare by creating an accessible network of therapists endorsed by ResponderStrong.

Who is Sondermind?

SonderMind is redesigning mental healthcare to become more accessible for all.  We connect individuals with therapists based on their specific needs. With our large network of qualified mental healthcare professionals, we can find you a therapist that takes your insurance, specializes in what you’re going through, and aligns with what’s important to you.  We not only connect you with the right therapist, but provide on-going support including planning, payment, and more, so you and your therapist can focus on what’s important. 

What are we doing for first responders?

SonderMind is passionate about making mental healthcare available to everyone.  We recognize the astounding lack of qualified therapeutic resources for responders and are aware of the importance of mental healthcare accessibility for those in uniform and their families.  By partnering with ResponderStrong, we have been able to certify a portion of our therapists in responder support. This means we have clinicians who specialize in aiding emergency responders and can support you on your mental health journey.

Why are we doing this?

The demanding nature of emergency response occupations, and the consequences of consistent exposure to unnerving situations can impact mental health.  It has become clear that emergency responders are at a higher risk for anxiety, depression, substance use, post-traumatic stress injury, and attempted suicide.  By connecting responders with mental health professionals, we can help those who serve our communities get the care they need.

Lifelines Documentary Series

Status Code 4, Inc (SC4i) is producing a series of mini-documentaries on the ways in which responders inadvertently bring trauma home and what that looks like. Stories Without Borders has masterfully filmed and edited the vignettes. ResponderStrong and other partners are proud to support this project. SC4i is making these materials available to any entity that wishes to use them to increase awareness and spark conversation.

Responder Mental Health Provider List 6.3.19

Downloadable list of mental health providers who self-identify as working with responders. Although ResponderStrong knows and works with many of these providers, we are not currently endorsing any facilities. A formal endorsement process is in development. Until that is in place, this is intended to serve as a clearinghouse/easy access point for those looking for resources.