First Responder Mental Health Resources
This is the full 20 minute version of our documentary "Beyond The Call ". The London Professional Fire Fighters Association, partnering with the London Fire Department and Fanshawe College are proud to release " Beyond The Call ", a video currently used as a training tool for our members and now released to the public and other fire departments and first responders to help understand and identify the dangers of PTSD. Our goal in producing this video was to highlight and educate the many dangers faced by the fire service and to support ALL First Responders suffering with PTSD and to prevent others from suffering alone and in silence beyond the call. We need to educate and discuss the facts about PTSD and other occupational stresses now. This week at the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association Convention in Ottawa, was the first large premier of the video. We encourage all departments to use this video to start a dialog and make a change with your members. This is a very personal and emotional video, please be aware this will trigger many emotions for those who watch it. Thank you to all involved and to our very own Matt Davis for bring the driving force behind the creation of this video.
PSYCHOLOGICALLY HEALTHY FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Mental Health Resources for All
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.
Make a Safe Call Now: 206-459-3020
SHARE THE LOAD PROGRAM
Share the Load™ Support Program for Fire and EMS
Most people are aware of the physical demands that first response activities place on firefighters and EMS providers. But it is important to also realize the impact that fighting fires and responding to emergencies has on the mental wellbeing of emergency personnel. Firefighters and EMS providers face the risk of many behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, depression, burnout, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction among others.
Taking care of your mental health is as important as managing your physical health. The NVFC’s Share the Load™ program provides access to critical resources and information to help first responders and their families manage and overcome personal and work-related problems. This includes the Directory of Behavioral Health Professionals as a resource to find local assistance for behavioral health issues, as well as the Fire/EMS Helpline, which offers free 24-hour assistance with addiction issues.
The resources in this section can assist individuals seeking help for a behavioral health issue as well as departments looking to implement or enhance a behavioral health program.
Note: If you need immediate support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255 for talk or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for chat. If you’re experiencing a crisis, you can also use the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Frontline Impact Project Expands Support for Frontline Heroes, Offers Companies a New Way to Give Amid Historic Natural Disasters
COVID-19 response platform will direct resources to first responders facing wildfires, hurricanes and other catastrophes
September 15, 2020 – Frontline Impact Project is expanding its mission and will now also support heroes on the frontlines of major natural disasters including the Western wildfires and Hurricane Laura. The platform, which The KIND Foundation launched in partnership with dozens of companies in response to COVID-19, will activate its existing infrastructure to shepherd resources like meals, snacks, beverages
and personal care items to first responders in need. The announcement comes after extraordinary displays of courage and sacrifice from the nation’s firefighters, paramedics and emergency volunteers.
“We started Frontline Impact Project to meet the needs of those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this work will continue, we are cognizant of the many others risking their lives to keep us safe, particularly as peak wildfire and hurricane seasons approach,” says Michael Johnston, President of The KIND Foundation.
“Thanks to the generosity of more than 60 companies, we’re set up to respond
in real time and help take care of America’s heroes as they take care of us.”
As part of this expansion, Frontline Impact Project has initiated partnerships with leading disaster response nonprofit National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and product philanthropy and disaster recovery organization Good360 to get donated items to workers across the Gulf Coast and Western United States.
“Nonprofit staff and volunteers work tirelessly to serve survivors impacted by disaster,” says Katherine Boatwright, Director of Operations, NVOAD. “Frontline Impact Project’s commitment and efforts to supporting those serving on the frontlines of disasters across the country is a welcome addition to the disaster response community.”
Since April, Frontline Impact Project has matched more than 650 frontline institutions with companies that have products or services to donate. Resources include food, beverages, personal care items, mental health services and virtual fitness classes. Together with its inaugural partner KIND, the project has donated nearly four million products to date.
“We were looking for a flexible and streamlined way to donate our products,” says Aaron Croutch, Executive Vice President, Lenny & Larry’s. “Frontline Impact Project gives us the opportunity to scale our giving as the situation demands and reach a deserving audience whose needs are paramount but not always top of mind.”
Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO of Hint, adds, "Now, more than ever, it's critical that we support first responders and help keep them healthy and hydrated. Hint has donated water to hundreds of healthcare organizations and first responders across the country, and the Frontline Impact Project has made coordination with a number of those groups much easier.”
In addition to Lenny & Larry’s and Hint, a number of companies have signed on to support this effort, including Adrenaline Shoc Smart Energy; Belgian Boys; CLEAN Cause; Just the Cheese; Kabaki Tea; Kodiak Cakes; KIND; La Colombe; Neuro; Paunchy Elephant; RISE Brewing Co; ROWDY; Purely Elizabeth; and
ZICO Coconut Water.
To submit a donation or make a request, visit www.frontlineimpact.org.
About The KIND Foundation
The KIND Foundation is a charitable organization established by KIND Snacks with a mission to foster kinder and more empathetic communities. Its signature initiative, Empatico , is a video conferencing tool for educators to connect their classrooms with others around the world. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation created Frontline Impact Project, which matches frontline institutions with donated products and services. Together with KIND and more than 60 other corporate partners, the project has donated nearly four million products to date.