GO BEYOND THE STIGMA…..
Help us help first responders and veterans through mental health issues.
Shane, retired first responder, and his service dog, Mat, “I have been shot three times. I have PTSD from things I have encountered over 28 years in my profession.”
Behavioral Health Conditions in First Responders and Veterans
It is estimated that 30% of first responders develop behavioral health conditions including but not limited to depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Nationally Police Officers die by suicide 1.7 times more than in the line of duty.
Firefighters die by suicide 2.32 times more than in the line of duty.
Every day 22 veterans lose their battle to post-traumatic stress on American soil.
The First Responders Foundation is making a difference
In 2021 at the First Responders Foundation:
Three mental health clinicians on staff served 65 clients in over 350 sessions.
16 Service Dog Teams were funded through the JAVELAN program.
Behavioral Health staff completed over 150 separate workshops and training programs.
You may not be called to serve as a first responder or in the military but you can help those who do.
You may not be called to serve as a first responder or in the military but you can help those who do. Please consider a donation to help us continue our services and programming for first responders, veterans, and their families.
Your donation will support
* Workshops and trainings which focus on Peer Support, Resiliency, and Unit Sessions
* Programs including JAVELAN. which provides service dogs and customized training to promote a healthier, safer, and successful life for Veterans & Retired First Responders
*Physical Health programs including Respond Stronger functional fitness classes
* Spousal Workshops and Stronger Together programming for first responder couples
* A mental health clinician on staff specializing in children of first responders
Danielle, JAVELAN dog trainer, and her service dog, Kelty.
Learn more about Shane and Danielle’s story below.
Your caring gift is exactly what it takes to offer our programming. In 2022, with your help and support, culturally educated behavioral health clinicians and staff can Go Beyond The Stigma. Together, we will help first responders and veterans continue to be strong, mentally and physically!