By Morgan Young – Vice President Client Services/Public Entities – Homes Murphy & Associates
COVID-19 – the term everyone in the world is very intimately familiar with right now. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting here at my kitchen table with my Kindergarten and 1st grade girls who are out of school. I’m trying to keep them occupied while I try and work. Nothing about today’s environment is normal. This is a time of high anxiety, fear of the unknown and worry about ourselves and loved ones. However, we are here for you. Read that again – WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!
We know that your role as a First Responder is to be on the front lines. We appreciate and respect all that you have done and are doing to keep others safe. At Responder Health, we partner with organizations like Safe Call Now and Holmes Murphy who are built to support you during this time.
The president of Holmes Murphy, Den Bishop, recently released a blog with this statement, ““Insurance is about protection in times of unexpected events and circumstances. COVID-19 has clearly created one of these unexpected times. We are made for this, and we will be here to help you, our customers, navigate the insurance and risk questions and actions so that you, your employees and families, and our communities can bounce back to normal as efficiently as possible.”
At Safe Call Now, the President and Founder Sean Riley, shared that they are currently fielding an unprecedented level of calls. As a first responder, you are programmed not to show fear or ask for help. Safe Call Now is unique because they are staffed with current and former first responders that have been in your shoes and know what you are dealing with. The Safe Call Now team is available 24/7 and can help you deal with and process during these difficult times. They are just one phone call away: 206-459-3020
You are not alone – We are here for you!
If you, someone you love or someone you know needs help, call:
Safe Call Now: 24 Hour Confidential Hotline: 206-459-3020
For more information on the First Responders program: Click here
Or call Shannon Clairemont at 661-466-6352 or Vanessa Stapleton at 304-651-3008
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Sean Riley is the Founder and President of Safe Call Now, a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide. Safe Call Now was started in 2009 after legislation was passed guaranteeing confidentiality nationwide for all who call the Safe Call Now crisis line that is staffed by current and former first responders.
Sean played baseball for San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration. He started his law enforcement career as a San Diego County Deputy Sheriff in 1987 and later relocated to Washington State in 1990. Sean spent over 16 years with the Kirkland Police Department. His many accomplishments include being a member of the International Homicide Investigator's Association, Homicide and Sexual Assault Detective, Interview and Interrogation Specialist, D.A.R.E. Officer, Gang Officer and Certified Training Officer. Riley is also credited with solving one of the first ever elder abuse homicide cases in the nation.
Sean's prominent career in law enforcement ended in 2005 when he could no longer hide his "secret" behind the badge. Sean threw away his almost 20-year stellar police career due to alcohol and drug addiction and was headed towards suicide to become just another unknown statistic. In addition to attending college for substance abuse counseling, Sean worked as a supervisor at a local treatment center where he witnessed many public safety employees coming in and out of treatment. Riley decided to do something about it. From his own experience, he knew that first responders wanted to come forward to help, but due to the stigma attached, they would not. Admitting to a substance abuse or mental health problem is perceived as a sign of weakness and could result in the termination from a noble career. By creating a safe and confidential place to reach out for help, first responders are now coming forward in droves from around the nation to better their lives, better their families and better their careers.
Recognized as a dynamic national keynote speaker, Sean travels throughout the country to share his inspirational story. Coupled with cutting edge, interactive training, Riley hits those once thought of as "taboo" or "controversial" topics head-on.
"Safe Call Now provides education, healthy alternatives, resources and a complete continuum of care to save lives and put families back together. Through a collaborative effort, Safe Call Now has discovered when you provide an opportunity for an individual to get their life and their family back, you get one great employee back out serving the public."
- Sean Riley, Founder/President
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