Mental health is not and has never been a priority for first responders. There is a firmly held belief that “they know what they’re getting into” and witnessing traumatic scenes is “part of their job”. There is also a firmly held belief that all of that is simply not true; no one should be expected to witness the death, abuse, and other incidents that eat away at emotional stability on a regular basis without help. We believe the latter. We believe that no first responder should be without the resources and understanding they need to safely navigate their careers and come out whole.
The biggest obstacle to change is a lack of data. Where are the statistics on officer suicide? How many of them experience post-traumatic stress? Was it a result of one incident or is it a cumulative effect over the course of the career? This data is not being collected at this time. It is our hope to bring this problem, and lack of data, to the forefront beginning with simple data collection in the hopes of expanding on the database in the future.
If you or someone you love has suffered post-traumatic stress or has committed suicide as a result of their law enforcement career, please share this information with us. It is strictly confidential and personally identifying data will not be shared with any law enforcement agency. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.
We also know that physical injuries can significantly impact the first responder and their families. Many first responders struggle with benefits, early retirement and loss of their identities. We want don’t want you to be alone through all of that.
We are reaching out to people who care about what happens to the first responder after they shed the physical uniform. They can never shed the emotional uniform, and we recognize that. We want to provide a starting point for the first responder to find assistance. An area for organizations and providers around the world to share their ideas and promote their causes. A common ground for passing legislation and collecting data. An alliance. That is what we are building. One that will improve the quality of life for firefighters, law enforcement, dispatchers, correctional officers, and emergency services personnel. We know that they all have unique needs, but we also know that together we are much stronger.
Our mission is simple: help first responders find people and organizations that can assist them in their time of need. Resources, peer support, and retreats are constantly on stand-by to help, but accessing them has been a challenge for some. By bringing all these resources together, the Alliance can bridge the gap so that no first responders or their families are left alone to manage a line of duty injury, no matter the form it takes.
Thank you for taking the time to come to this page. We wish you emotional and physical safety always.
1st Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization