FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mental Health Fund Created for First Responders Affected by Las Vegas Shooting
Spokane, WA – October 3, 2017 – In response to the tragic events in Las Vegas The Code Green Campaign, a nationally recognized nonprofit for first responders, has created the Las Vegas First Responder Mental Health Fund. The fund will be used to help first responders, their families, and first responder agencies who need help paying for mental health care in the wake of the mass shooting that happened on 10/1/2017 in Las Vegas, NV.
Board President Ann Marie Farina said “Often, the first responders who are present at mass casualty incidents are not eligible for assistance through funds set up for the victims. We want to make sure that there is a fund available specifically for first responders who need assistance paying for care after this tragic incident.”
“The agencies involved, AMR, the IAFF, they have all stepped up to make sure help is available for their people, but we want to make sure no one falls through the cracks. People may need help years later, once they’ve left those agencies, and we will be there for them” said Andrew Shannon, Public Information Officer.
The Las Vegas First Responder Mental Health Fund is an offshoot of Code Green’s larger mental health treatment scholarship program, which has provided $1000 in treatment scholarships in 2017. Donations to the fund can be made via the Facebook fundraiser (https://www.facebook.com/donate/136515466988337/), via PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/CodeGreen), or by mailing a check to PO Box 15365 Spokane, WA 99215. All donations to the fund are tax deductible.
For more information on how the fund works Code Green has created an information page available here (http://codegreencampaign.org/about/frequently-asked-questions/las-vegas-first-responder-mental-health-fund/).
The Code Green Campaign is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in March of 2014 to provide education and awareness to the high rates of suicide and mental health problems in first responders. To learn more about The Code Green Campaign and their mission you can visit their website at www.codegreencampaign.org or contact their Public Information Officer Andrew Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 424-242-9804.