The Culture Shift In First Responder Mental Health

By Joseph Hunter, M.A. – First Responder Wellness Program

First responders are on the front lines of traumatic events day in and day out.  They are constantly exposed to terrible things that most people could never imagine, and then have to work amongst that chaos trying to save as many lives as possible.  The norm for first responders has been to bury those experiences and memories as far down as possible; to act like they aren’t affected by what they witness every day.  But with the rise of mass shootings over the past few years – 159 mass shootings in the United States through July 2018 – and the realization that first responders need to have their voices heard, the stoic culture is starting to shift.

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By Jay Dobyns – ATF Agent (retired), Best Selling Author and Keynote Speaker

As an Agent with a passion for undercover work, I accepted every nasty, dirty assignment I was presented.  I was determined to put my own personal dent in the universe.

I took on the jobs that many others declined or didn’t have the stomach for. Guns. Bombs.  Infiltrations.  Violence.  Brutality.  Viciousness.  Racism.  Corruption.  Murder. Rape.  Drug dealing.  Home Invaders.  Murder-For-Hire solicitors.  Gang members.  I lived for the opportunity to stand next to it.

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The First Responder Wellness Program

By Safe Call Now Admin

Over 1.2 million first responders put themselves on the line every day to protect the communities and people they serve. As noble as the profession is, this line of work exposes first responders to constant trauma and tragic experiences that can lead to PTSD, depression, anxiety and substance use.

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