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
- 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.