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The current state is daunting.

Yet changeable.

Much of the First Responder community does not have access to support programs with the scale or depth needed.

With and through technology, programs and resources can be scaled for access and use by First Responders.

heart disease

The average life expectancy for Law Enforcement Officers is 57 years old compared to 79 years old for civilians.

– Sigma Tactical Wellness

Chronic stress elevates cortisol levels – and if left unchecked, can lead to an increased risk for seen and unseen physical impacts.

Removing barriers and easing access to resources and support systems as well as lifestyle changes can stop this trend.

death

EMS reports suicidal thoughts at a rate 10X the national average.

– Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS)

Long-term exposure to death and destruction can lead to severe depression – some see suicide as the only escape from their pain.

Increased access to resiliency training, peer support and tailored mental wellness resources saves lives.

PTSD

More than 18% of 911 dispatchers grapple with PTSD.

– The Journal of Emergency Dispatch

Repeatedly responding to traumatic events leads to an elevated risk of stress injuries that, left untreated, can lead to post-traumatic stress.

Identifying and addressing stressors early deters escalation and allows for the return to a healthy state.

family
The impact of a First Responder’s job affects their entire family.

– In Public Safety

24/7 shifts lead to family sacrifices and they can also bring too much of the job home or withdrawal so they don’t have to discuss their day.

Family support services improves the wellbeing of loved ones and keeps healthy relationships thriving.

Contributing factors (STIGMA)(ACCESS)(EXPOSURE) are being addressed.

Many people around the country are working on solutions to support our First Responders to combat these alarming issues and statistics. Our aim is to break down the geographical, organizational and funding silos while facilitating progressive and supportive collaborations to bring results more swiftly.

STIGMA

Helping others is natural, helping themselves can be a challenge.

ACCESS

When there is a desire for support, it is often not available.

EXPOSURE

They signed up to help others, they didn’t realize everything else that comes along with the job.