First Responders are exposed to mental and physical trauma in the line of duty that can result in Mental Health Disorders or Post Traumatic Stress Injuries. Should you have the need, please reach out to one or more of these resources. If you have questions about knowing which is the best fit for you, your firefighter or family please email us at [email protected].
The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.
The Everyone Goes Home® program, founded by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, provides free training, resources, and programs to champion and implement the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. The goal of the Everyone Goes Home® Program is to reduce the number of preventable firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
First Responder Wellness provides trauma-based substance abuse and mental health treatment offering detox, impatient/residential as well as intensive outpatient programs. Their comprehensive curriculum integrates substance abuse treatment with post- traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression treatment, as well as incorporating family systems support. The program was designed to help patients recover from trauma while increasing their overall well-being. They offer sobriety tools and healthy coping mechanisms to ensure a safe transition back to their careers and personal lives.
Our mission is to help combat mental health issues among Firefighters and First Responders. Mental health issues and an alarming amount of suicides have become more of an issue among Firefighters and EMS Personnel ( Most recently they have even begun outnumbering Line of Duty Deaths). By providing peer support (one-on-one conversation with another firefighter/first responder) and financial assistance for licensed counseling (we will find a counselor who fits you, that lives in your area, and help cover the cost of the first cycle of sessions), we hope to give our brothers and sisters a way to fight back and provide them with an understanding of what they are experiencing. We also give back to families who have lost their Firefighter/First Responder to suicide by providing a care package and monetary donation.