Helpful Resources for First Responders and Their Families
The First Responders Support Network
The First Responders Support Network (FRSN) sponsors two six-day retreats in Angwin, California: The West Coast Post Trauma Retreat (WCPR), a peer driven, clinically guided retreat for first responders with post-traumatic stress injuries, and The Spouses and Significant Others and Spouses (SOS) retreat. I volunteer here several times a year, so I know firsthand how much these programs help. Go to this website for links to both programs, plus information on post-traumatic stress injuries for first responders, where to find a culturally competent clinician who knows first responders, info re POST approved peer support training, and much more.
The Badge of Life
Suicide prevention for cops. Lots of free resources, educational material and links.
A 24/7 confidential crisis referral service for public safety employees including law enforcement, first responders, fire service, corrections, and civilian support staff.
Safe Call Now
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
National Police Wives Association
National Police Wives Association (NPWA) is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting law enforcement spouses and families and providing resources to those new to the law enforcement community, including an online forum comprised of over 700 women worldwide. They are dedicated to helping one another face the daily struggles of being in a law enforcement relationship.
Crisis intervention, safety planning, and referrals available 24/7.
National Domestic Violence Association
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
1st Alliance Organization
A national database of clinicians who treat first responders.
(Shift: Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training) provides support and training nationwide for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Investigators. My most recent mystery, The Fifth Reflection, is about an ICAC investigator and the toll this difficult assignment takes on him and his family. I have attended a SHIFT training and recommend it highly.