This list will be updated as I learn of other reputable resources for first responders and others interested in learning more about PTSD, traumatic stress, and related topics. Since the major research area for PTSD is the military many of the resources are under the VA, but the information is applicable to most people with a traumatic stress diagnosis.
NOTE: I receive no compensation from the following organizations. They are listed as a resource only. The information here is not meant to replace a diagnosis from a licensed mental health professional.
- Fire/EMS Helpline: 1-888-731-3473
- Safe Call Now: 1-206-459-3020
- FBHA: 847-209-8208
- COPLINE: 1-800-267-5463
- Nat’l Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
National Center for PTSD – “The National Center for PTSD conducts research and provides education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of PTSD.”
On Facebook: National Center for PTSD – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
PTSD Decision Aid from the National Center for PTSD
VA screening tools (confidential) for PTSD, Depression, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Use
National Institute of Mental Health – Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder read the information on this link for a listing of signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment and therapies.
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance – Self Assessment – a self-screening for suicide ideations for firefighters/EMT
International Association of Firefighters – IAFF Behavioral Health Program
Next Rung Website – “We are a nonprofit with a mission to combat mental health issues in First Responders by offering peer support and scholarships for licensed counseling.” Next Rung on Facebook
PTSD in Paramedics, EMTs, First Responders on Facebook – “You no longer have to suffer in silence, you are not alone. We are here to help.” Website: Project Hope: EMS
Compassion Fatigue: Figley Institute
Trauma support: Gift From Within – An international nonprofit organization for survivors of trauma and victimization. Gift From Within Free webcasts
Confidential online screening for mental health issues – from, The Summit Counseling Center, North Fulton County, GA
Mission FISH USA – “The Purpose of Mission FISH., FISHING, INTERACTING SHARING & HEALING is to organize and plan fishing day trips and provide FISH therapy for PTSD and TBI for Veterans, Active duty service members, 1st responders and Gold Star families.”
Reboot Recovery – “REBOOT is different. Our courses are led by people who have been there, lived through it, learned from it, and want to help lead others out of it. We are a community of people committed to helping each other heal from the spiritual and emotional impact of daily stress and trauma. You won’t find shortcuts or easy answers but rather solutions that last. Families just like yours are experiencing healing at this very moment. Your healing can start today.”
Save a Warrior – Save A Warrior™ has changed countless lives through our “War Detox” program, which supports the healing from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). We specialize in connecting Active Duty Military, Returning Veterans, and First Responders experiencing psychological trauma.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Suicide prevention workshops:
Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character
Compassion Fatigue: Coping With Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder In Those Who Treat The Traumatized
Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming
Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges