First Responder Resources
Does this situation sound familiar?
- Do you find yourself feeling like it’s hard to ‘turn off being on-duty’?
- Are your family and friends concerned?
- Is your sleep frequently disrupted?
Alcohol and other intoxicants may feel like good alternatives to numb our mental/emotional pain, but we found that it’s not a long-term solution, and can be a serious problem in the short term.
Many first responders learn early in their career to navigate these situations alone. Just like we work in teams and crews, asking for and accepting support is a step towards breaking the vicious cycle. You’re not alone. Others have been through this before and can show you a way through.
At NFRF we advocate a TEAM approach to navigating the difficult experience first responders deal with daily. As you watch this video, notice how familiar his experience feels.
You Are Not Alone
More than 25% of our first responders suffer in silence from injuries resulting from exposure from traumatic events. Addressing Post Traumatic Stress is one of top our funding priorities. The four primary categories for our PTS program are:
- Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) offsite;
- Education and research identifying minimum standards for best practices in addressing post-traumatic stressors;
- Awareness and de-stigmatization to demystify PTS injuries;
- Mobilization and outreach by Peer Support Teams related to specific events and tragedies.
The National First Responders Fund supports peer training, counseling, and community-based partnerships that give back to First Responders in their time of need.
Interested in learning more about peer support?
Read more on the First Responder Agency Resources page.