The current state is daunting.

Yet changeable.

life expectancy
The life expectancy of First Responders is 20 years less than average.

– J. Sheinberg, MD

They routinely run toward trouble when others are running away but their job often takes a toll on their mental and physical health.

Challenging stigmas, increasing awareness, improving screenings and expanding resources will improve this crisis.

heart disease
Police ages 55-60 have a 56% chance of dying from a heart attack – 35x more than average.

– Sigma Wellness

Heart attacks are the #1 killer of firefighters too. Their chronic stress elevates cortisol levels and leads to an increased risk for heart disease.

Lifestyle changes can stop this trend and screening veteran responders will identify those currently at risk.

death
First Responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.

– Ruderman Foundation

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
20-25% of all First Responders experience Post-Traumatic Stress.

– IAFF

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.

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