By Kim Colegrove
Mental health stigma is at the core of why too many police officers do not get the help they need. Kim Colegrove was confronted with this devastating reality when her husband took his own life on Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. Since then, she's been on a journey to change how officers think, talk, and cope with mental health issues.
By Brad Bouchillon
Getting promoted to company officer is a great honor and responsibility, but firefighters need to know that there is more to the role than decision-making and a pay raise. In their leadership position, it is essential that company officers are dedicated to counseling others and being a confidant to fellow firefighters.
By Lieutenant Robert Hiller
When a shoulder injury left firefighter Robert Hiller recovering at home, the change of pace resulted in a gradual decline in his mental health. Read about the increasingly worrying red flags he ignored before finally deciding to seek professional help.
By Dr. Marie Isom
Children of first responders face unique stressors, but parents who practice emotional self-regulation can better support them through challenges that arise. Learn more about how first responders can help build their children's resiliency, as well as their own.
By Kelly Long
Officers face the worst that society has to offer and this reality often batters their mental health, yet the stigma attached to mental health issues prevents many from getting help. Learn what needs to be done to bring about much-needed change.
By Yael Shuman
When first responders are confronted with scenarios as horrific as the Littleton school shooting, it's inevitable that many will be left with deep psychological wounds. Since it is unlikely that Littleton will be the last such incident, it is essential that agencies conduct pre-trauma training to help responders recover faster and more fully after a worst-case scenario.