Frontline Support Group
COVID-19 has presented an extremely stressful time for our medical community. In response to this crisis, the First Responders Foundation is offering a support group to medical personnel so they can stay as healthy as possible, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. This support group, led by one of our clinicians, mitigates immediate and long term effects from the trauma and stress your medical personnel are currently experiencing.
We invite medical personnel to join us Wednesday evenings, beginning April 8th at 6 p.m., for a one-hour support group. The support group is free and confidential to all medical providers, (nurses, medical assistants, doctors, etc.). The meeting will be held via Zoom at this time. Contact the FRST for more information.
Supporting First Responders Programs are Available for ALL First Responders (paid and volunteer) and their families, and all services are free and confidential.
If you would like to speak to a member of the FRST Team email FRST@firstrespondersomaha.org or call (402) 218-1218.
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Stronger Together Workshop – Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 8am-12pm.To sign up or for more information, contact: FRST@firstrespondersomaha.org or via RSVP here. For details on the workshop see below.
Supporting First Responders
First Responders Support Team (FRST) is a collective of specialty trained and culturally competent mental health providers. Each member of the team is a fully licensed mental health practitioner who has dedicated themselves to be specially trained to work with first responders and their families. Together, this team of clinicians has a collective of over 100 years’ experience working with first responders.
First Responders face hardships that most of us will never have to know, including:
- working the scene of accidents sometimes with multiple fatalities
- being in a life-threatening situation
- helping people with serious illnesses and injuries
- being exposed to infectious disease
- coping with the line of duty death or injury
- responding to the death of a child or friend or family member
Supporting First Responders with Trauma
Responders face trauma day in and day out, and it takes a toll. Police and firefighters say the homicides and fatal accidents they encounter on the job can stay with them for months or even years afterward. There is no “one” event that is the event. First Responders need support to handle job-related trauma, especially post-traumatic stress disorder before it affects their careers, families and mental health. Stress can cause anxiety, depression, insomnia, GI and heart issues, and suicidal thoughts.
Supporting First Responders & Donations
While support exists, not all First Responders are being reached, there are gaps in treatment, and more mental health resources are needed. Another barrier is that it can be difficult for First Responders – who are used to being pillars of strength – to reach out for help. More education is needed for First Responders and their families regarding the effects of chronic stress from a career as a first responder and how to build resilience to help counteract the stress.
Supporting First Responders Donate today Your donation helps with supporting First Responders get the help they need to cope with job-related trauma. Together we can help take care of the people that we depend on in our greatest times of need.
Programs Available for First Responders (all services are confidential):
First Responders Spouse Support Session
Spouse sessions provide an opportunity to care for yourself and be in a safe environment to address challenges that arise. Learn ways to help live a more meaningful, intentional life with your first responder. This session is for an adult support person of a First Responder. Next Session is Monday, April 27, 2020.
Stronger Together is a 4-hour workshop designed to mitigate the effects of stress and trauma upon first responders and their families. This is accomplished by helping plan post-critical incident recovery, healing and restoring resiliency. This workshop focuses on a proactive approach to trauma care. By learning to recognize the effects of trauma personally and how it affects families, first responders increase their ability to successfully recover from traumatic incidences in a shorter period. This workshop is designed to minimize the impact trauma has on families, keeps families intact, extend careers, and save lives. This workshop is held quarterly and is free to any first responder, their life partner, family member or friend. Next Workshops, Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 8am-12pm, July 11, 2020 and October 24, 2020
Family Support Group
These clinician-led groups are open to spouses and adult family members of first responders. These considered open groups meaning individuals can come and attend group when support is needed. The support group meets once a month in Omaha. These groups are free, confidential and available to (Dispatcher, Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement) families. No referrals needed. Please contact or call FRST for exact dates, times and locations
JFU – Peer Support Meetings
Peer Support Meetings are an hour-long once to twice a month. Please check the calendar for exact dates. Meetings are open to all first responders in the community who are looking for support. No referral needed. These supportive, confidential meetings are led by trained peers. These trained peers are committed to managing the stress of the job in a healthy way and supporting others in their stress management. Meetings are designed to offer a supportive environment where first responders can openly share their struggles. Clinicians are consulted as needed to support group needs.
Sessions are 45 – 60 minutes long, designed for any group of first responders (units, crews, high-risk units and specialized units, etc.) and any group of spouses or significant others. The sessions encourage participates to explore leading issues or challenges in their work or life. Participates are provided, critical, evidence-based tools that help encourage, healthy, self-care practices. Sessions help build endurance (emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually) when experiencing the effects of the first responder life.
Referrals and resources:
Mental health services
When requested, referrals can be provided for professional therapy. All referrals are confidential and can be provided for first responders, spouses, couples or children. All referrals are towards preferred therapists that are culturally competent in working with first responders. Preferred providers often specialize in grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, substance use, single and couples therapy. Therapists accept various insurances; accept cash pay and some may do sliding fee scale.
West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat (WCPR)
FRST works closely with WCPR to help connect first responders with WCPR and beginning the registration process. The WCPR program is for first responders whose lives have been affected by their work experience. WCPR is one of only two residential treatment facilities of its kind in the world. The other program is the On-Site Academy in Massachusett. The WCPR residential program provides an educational experience designed to help current and retired first responders, recognize the signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and in others. FRSN prefers to identify PTSD as a post-traumatic stress injury. This retreat is a 6-day retreat held at various locations and various times a year.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
The Nebraska CISM team is available to respond when crisis intervention is needed for first responders or their spouses such as peer to peer intervention, crisis management briefings, defusing, or debriefings. Contact CISM for services at 402-479-4921.
Key Team Members
Director, First Responder Support Team
Program Administrator, First Responder Support Team