First Responder Wellness Resources
First responders endure a heavy mental and physical load that may affect many aspects of one’s wellness. Health and safety programming aims to increase access to comprehensive resources that focus on the promotion of mental health, infection control, and injury prevention aimed to build resiliency and holistic wellness. Further, programming intends to reduce stigma and increase awareness of the stressors of careers in public safety and the effects that such stressors may have on first responders' lives.
How Does Stress Impact First Responders?
- 85% of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health conditions.
- Depression and PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) are up to 5 times more common in first responders.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has increased stressors that first responders deal with on a daily basis.
How Can We Reduce Stress?
- Talking about what's on your mind
What Resources are Available?
The following resources are confidential and available for all first responders:
Local (Montgomery County) Resources
|Montgomery County Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team||Call (610) 635-4350, contact the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center via radio, or email firstname.lastname@example.org||Confidential one-on-one and group support with first responder peers.|
|Creative Health Services||Call (484) 941-0500 or email email@example.com||Comprehensive support in mental wellness, substance abuse, and family services; referrals to mental health professionals specializing in first responder care.|
|Montgomery County Mobile Crisis||Call 1 (855) 634-4673||Immediate support for individuals in crisis and referrals to necessary care to prevent future crises.|
|Share the Load (National Volunteer Fire Council)||Call 1 (888) 731-3473||Helpline, text-based help service, and compilation of health and support resources for first responders.|
|Safe Call Now||Call 1 (206) 459-3020||24/7 helpline staffed by first responders for first responders and their family members; assistance with treatment options for responders who are suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and other personal issues.|
|Suicide Prevention Hotline||Call 1 (800) 273-8255||General mental health or suicide prevention assistance (not first responder specific).|
|Crisis Text Line||TEXT 741-741||Text messaging with a trained counselor for people in crisis.|
|Frontline Helpline (Frontline Responder Services)||Call 1 (866) 676-7500||24/7 helpline staffed by first responder call-takers.|
|Copline (law enforcement only)||Call 1 (800) 267-5463||Confidential helpline for members of US law enforcement.|