Civilian First Responder Families Suffer from The Effects of Job Related Trauma TOO

The long-term effects of trauma on civilian first responders — the police, firefighters and EMS personnel — causes significant stress that not only affects them, but also their families.

Almost 50% of the ranks of civilian first responders are veterans.

Regrettably, like active military, they experience and are challenged by an all-time record of suicides and divorce which is directly related to their job experiences and heightened by the impact of COVID-19 isolation conditions.

As a first responder, your home should be a place of peace that builds you up, not a place of stress that leaves you tired and anxious. Our programs help first responders and their families achieve the peace, tranquility and resiliency to rise above the stress.

We Can Help.

We help these families successfully cope with stress, saving marriages, careers and lives

How We Help

We do this through professional evidence-based programs, workshops and webinars proven to restore trust and build resiliency in the family.

The goal of these programs is to help provide a safe and supportive experience in your home for interpersonal growth and deepening relationships.  We do that through professional evidence-based programs proven restore trust and build resiliency in the family unit.

Each program is targeted for the audience by an interview process to identify goals and enable our team to meet expectations.  Some example topics include:

keys to better communication

strategies for building and maintaining healthy relationships with your family and children

tools to identify common roadblocks unique to the 1st Responder family

These programs are provided at no charge to all 1st Responders and their families.

The challenges faced in the adrenaline-rich first responder job experience is often coupled with a high stress experience at home. Without support and the coping tools our programs provide, the families and careers suffer.

  • They need the specialized help and assistance with coping successfully so their job requirements are met, careers stay on track and most importantly, their family bonds remain strong.
  • First responders are the first on the scene and often face challenging, dangerous, and emotionally draining situations.  Moreover, they are exposed to job hazards that often results in a broad range of health and mental health consequences.
  • For the 1st Responder, the unpredictable schedules, dangers faced, and “rollercoaster lifestyle’ impose major stressors on family relationships.

These heroes suffer from

  • depression
  • stress
  • PTSD
  • suicide attempts or thoughts
  • substance abuse

These conditions also affect their families.

Moreover, organizational culture often is at cross purposes with getting help, causing any admission of weakness to be suppressed and bottled up inside.
Suppressing these feelings only makes them worse and causes divorces, family problems and maladaptive behaviors.  Effective solutions to help first responders exist and includes improving education at all levels of the problem backed with a range of support programs.

All the while, they may also be dealing with life altering experiences.

  • repeated exposure to violence, accidents and disasters, death, grief, injury, pain, loss
  • direct exposure to threats to personal safety
  • long hours of work, frequent shifts and longer shift hours
  • poor sleep, physical hardships, and other negative experiences

This takes its toll on the individual and their family members.

For healthy family lives, it is essential these heroes and their families acquire the new coping skills we provide.

Effectively addressing first responder health and psychological well-being reduces the risk of burnout, fatigue, or other behavioral health issues associated with being overworked, uncertain, or stressed by the demands of their job.

Our organization brings together licensed mental health professionals  teamed with chaplains to provide the psycho-education, tools and counseling so needed by this population.

These programs are provided at no charge to all 1st Responders and their families.

Designed by America’s Heroes to Help Other Families Like Theirs

W2C Programs are tailored to the special needs of each group served. Each has been designed by veterans and first responders collaborating with university and mental health professionals.

This has produced programs proven to make lasting improvements in relationships and family members ability to remain resilient and bounce back from stressors.

Warrior 2 Citizen Transition Program (W2CTP)

W2C’s three-phase approach uses a unique evidence-based resiliency program for veterans and their families who are transitioning to civilian life.

HomeLife Transition Program

The HLTP equips couples to identify and address challenges facing their marriage. This programs teaches couples how to communicate better and effectively deal with issues they face.

Child Resilience and Trauma Program

This program gives the children of our military and first responders the coping tools specific to their needs… so that they “thrive” and not just “survive”.

Moral Injury Program

These workshops focus on defining moral injury and how it is distinct from PTSD. This program explores the causes of moral injury and what stressors contribute to to it. Attendees leave with a better sense of how spirituality fits in their lives and a better understanding of how to manage guilt in association with moral injury. This gives them the tools to flatten the impact of moral injury.