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If you are interested in finding our latest posts and events at Recovery First, there are a few ways to stay up-to-date. One option is to regularly check our website, where we post news, articles, and updates on upcoming events. We encourage you to stay involved and engaged with our community to continue your journey of healing and growth.

Copline:

24-hour hotline for law enforcement only answered by retired officers trained to be peer listeners and provide support for law enforcement officers and their families at 800-267-5463.
Call: 800-267-5463

Crisis Text Line:

24/7 counseling support for first responders who are struggling with a mental health crisis.
Text “BADGE” to 741741

Frontline Helpline: 

Staff of former first responders who offer support for first responders and their family members affected by their traumatic experiences.
Call: 866-676-7500.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Network of local crisis centers that provides emotional support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7.
Call: 800-273-8255

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline:

Those experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters can call or text the 24/7, 365-day-a-year support line.
Call: 800-985-5990

Emergency Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Strategies for coping before, during and after working during crisis situations. strategies for coping before, during and after working during crisis situations.
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First Responder Mental Health and Wellness, KaiserPermanente.org:

Advice for employers on how to address mental health and first responders.
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First Responders: Behavioral Health Concerns, Emergency Response, and Trauma, SAMHSA (PDF, 269 KB):

Report on the behavioral health risks and intervention needs of police and firefighters.
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First Responders Trauma and Suicide, Centre for Suicide Prevention:

Ways to recognize, prevent and address PTSD with a specific example of peer support in action.
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Mental Health Fact Sheet – First Responders, Veterans Affairs (PDF, 1 MB):

List of places that support first responders with meals, yoga therapy, comfort dogs and other needs.
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Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Professionals, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

Hub for information on an online interactive screening program, including crisis help and support after a suicide loss.
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Supporting Mental Health in First Responders: Recommended Practices, BCFirstRespondersMentalHealth (PDF, 202 KB):

Workplace campaigns and strategies for education, intervention and treatment to address mental health.
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The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice:

Tools and resources for first responders, those in the fields of victim services and other allied professionals.
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EMS Resilience:

Depression, PTSD and Suicide Prevention, EMS1: effects of the association between resilience and mental health.
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Addressing Suicide Among First Responders:

How Colleagues, Friends, and Family Can Help, Counseling@Northwestern: suggestions for what to do about the serious mental health issues first responders can face.
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America’s First Responders’ Struggle With PTSD and Depression, EMS1:

List of PTSD symptoms and warning about asking questions that can be triggering.
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EMS Resilience:

Depression, PTSD and Suicide Prevention, EMS1: effects of the association between resilience and mental health.
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Fire Departments Step Up Their Mental Health Game, American Psychological Association:

Initiatives that embrace peer support programs.
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Putting First Responders’ Mental Health on the Front Lines, Counseling Today:

Understanding first responders’ unique counseling needs.
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Trauma and First Responders:

When the Helpers Need Help, Psychology Today: importance of addressing PTSD and the stigma of getting help.
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First Responder Resilience: Caring for Public Servants, by Tania Glenn:

Guidance from a licensed clinician who helps first responders deal with burnout, PTSD and other mental health problems.
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Treating PTSD in First Responders: A Guide for Serving Those Who Serve, by Richard A. Bryant:

Publication that examines PTSD in first responders and the complicating factors, which include organizational stressors.
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EMS Resilience:

Depression, PTSD and Suicide Prevention, EMS1: effects of the association between resilience and mental health.
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Behavioral Health – First Responder Center for Excellence:

Curated videos, articles and presentations to help improve the physical and psychological health of first responders.
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The Code Green Campaign:

Organization that works to educate first responders on self care, peer care and advocate for systemic change in how mental health issues are addressed by their agencies.
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COVID-19 – Frontline Workers, Mental Health America (MHA):

Online mental health screening and information on coping strategies to address stress and anxiety to prevent burnout.
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Crisis Support Resources for Emergency Responders, Disaster Responder Assets Network (DRAN):

One-stop shop listing organizations and crisis lines for first responders and health care workers.
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Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance:

Organization that offers behavioral health workshops to fire departments, EMS and dispatch organizations, focusing on behavioral health awareness with a strong emphasis on suicide prevention.
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Supporting Mental Health in First Responders: Recommended Practices, First Responder Support Network::

Collaboration of emergency service peers and family members, mental health clinicians, and chaplains who volunteer to offer intensive retreats and ongoing support.
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EMS Resilience:

Depression, PTSD and Suicide Prevention, EMS1: effects of the association between resilience and mental health.
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Stay connected and informed by regularly checking our blogs, where we will be sharing insightful articles and updates about Recovery First's specialized services for First Responders.

Unleashing Relief: Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) for PTSD and Substance Abuse in First Responders

First responders, YOU are the courageous individuals who selflessly protect and serve our communities, often bear witness to traumatic events that leave lasting emotional scars. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse are the prevalent issues among this dedicated group. At Recovery First, we offer a revolutionary treatment called Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) is offering […]
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Addiction and Trauma for First Responders

As a first responder, you are constantly exposed to traumatic events that can have a profound impact on your mental health. While addiction may seem like an effective coping mechanism, it is important to recognize that substance abuse only exacerbates the underlying trauma and can lead to a vicious cycle of addiction and emotional pain. […]
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Coping with Trauma in Addiction as a First Responder

As a first responder, you are constantly exposed to traumatic events that can have a profound impact on your mental health. While addiction may seem like an effective coping mechanism, it is important to recognize that substance abuse only exacerbates the underlying trauma and can lead to a vicious cycle of addiction and emotional pain. […]
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At Recovery First Treatment Centers, located in the beautiful Palm Springs area, we understand the unique challenges faced by first responders dealing with dual diagnosis. If you or a loved one is in need of support, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Give us a call at 866-993-4778, or fill out our online form to verify insurance and schedule a consultation with one of our qualified professionals. We are here to help and are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for our first responder community.

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