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A guide for early responders supporting survivors bereaved by suicide

The Effects of Trauma on First Responders


First Responder Trauma Counselors

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FRTC is involved in changing the lives of professional and volunteer First Responders involved in Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS, by building empathetic and honest Peer Support relationships within the First Response agencies we serve. 

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IAFF Peer Support Training

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The IAFF​ Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine Division continues to develop resources that educate and support members on behavioral health concerns.

It may be possible to obtain a grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program to fund the IAFF Peer Support Training. For more information, sign-in to the IAFF website, visit the Grants Administration page and review the Grant Application Guidance for the IAFF Peer Support Training.

International Crisis Incident Stress Foundation

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The mission of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. is to provide leadership, education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health services to the emergency response professions, other organizations, and communities worldwide.

Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
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The mission of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance is to collaborate, develop and implement behavioral health awareness, prevention, intervention, and post crisis strategies to provide firefighters with an easily accessible and confidential source of information.

Founder, Jeff Dill, retired Captain of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, IL, started Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) to directly educate firefighters/ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and their families about behavioral health issues such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and addictions, as well as firefighter suicides.

Suicide Prevention Resources Center
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International Public SafetyAssociation
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Established in July 2014 in the State of Arizona, the International Public Safety Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit public safety association, represents all public safety verticals:  law enforcement, fire service, EMS, telecommunications, public works (water, sanitation, transportation), public health, hospitals, security, private sector, and emergency management. 

First Responder Support Network
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The mission of the First Responder Support Network (FRSN) is to provide educational treatment programs to promote

recovery from stress and critical incidents experienced by first responders and their families.


Our goal is to provide first responders and their families tools to reduce personal and family stress, encourage appropriate career decisions and reduce the effects of traumatic incident stress on an individual's life. The key components of FRSN are the 6-day residential treatment for first responders, also known as the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR), and the 6-day program for significant others & spouses (SOS).

Safe Call Now
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Safe Call Now is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide.

ACADIA Healthcare  Treatment Specialist Placement
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Who We Are

As an initiative of Acadia Healthcare, the largest behavioral health company in the world, and as the sole provider of behavioral health services to the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA), the Treatment Placement Specialists® team helps police leadership and officers navigate the treatment landscape with confidentiality, efficiency, and confidence. At no cost, we offer informed treatment guidance that reflects the individualized needs of officers; helping them find ethical, clinically sound treatment centers, consulting on admissions, and staying with them through to ongoing care.

If you’re seeking support for yourself or a loved one, but don’t know where to start reach out to


Priscilla Tran

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Advanced Treatment Placement Specialist


call/text: 925-667-0637 (confidential)


First Responders and Disaster Responders Resource Portal
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The trainings in this installment cover a range of topics, including crisis intervention, Psychological First Aid, preparedness and response, resilience-building, and psychological responses to disasters. The trainings listed are free to the public; however, they may require you to register with a training website in order to take them. Some of the trainings also offer continuing education unit credits.

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