USA

At the top of this list are crisis resources. This is who you can call when you need help immediately. If you scroll down you can find a list of national resources such as trauma retreats and treatment centers, along with a state-by-state list of resources, and lists for Canada and other countries.


Safe Call Now – 1-206-459-3020

A 24/7 help line staffed by first responders for first responders and their family members. They can assist with treatment options for responders who are suffering from mental health, substance abuse and other personal issues.

Share The Load – 1-888-731-3473

Also known as The Fire/EMS Helpline. A program run by the National Volunteer Fire Council. They have a help line, and have also collected a list of many good resources for people looking for help and support.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

The national (USA) suicide hotline. Not first responder specific, but they can and will talk to anyone who needs help. We’ve been told by one of their founders they have a large number of first responders and veterans who volunteer.

Kristin Brooks Hopeline – 1-800-442-4673

Another national (USA) hotline for people suffering from mental health issues.

Veterans Crisis Line (Veterans only)- 1-800-273-8255 & press 1, or text 838255

A crisis line specifically for veterans of the US armed forces.

Copline (Law Enforcement Only) – 1-800-267-5463

A confidential helpline for members of US law enforcement. Their website also has additional information on help and resources.

Crisis Text Line

A service that allows people in crisis to speak with a trained crisis counselor by texting 741741.

Suicide.org list of local helplines for all 50 states

This list includes thousands of local call numbers for every state in the US. Calling a local number can help put you in contact with nearby resources like counselors or psychiatrists faster than calling a national line.


National resources

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (USA)

This is a government run on-line database of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities, both inpatient and outpatient. The database is searchable by location and type of treatment needed.

West Coast Post-trauma Retreat

San Rafael, CA – 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. They are affiliated with the On-site Academy on the East coast.

On Site Academy

Westminister, MA – The On-Site Academy is a non-profit residential treatment and training center for critical incident stress management. We serve emergency service workers who are in distress. Our program is for all law enforcement, fire service, EMS, or other human service personnel who are themselves temporarily overwhelmed by the stress of their jobs, what they have seen, and what they have been through. They are affiliated with the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat in Northern California.

Ewart W. Sanders Center for First Responders

Opening Spring 2016. Winston-Salem, NC – The Ewart W. Sanders Center for First Responders program is for first responders, military personnel, and their families who have been impacted by their work experience. The Sanders Center residential program provides an educational experience to current and retired first responders and military and their families designed to help them identify signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and others.

Brattleboro Retreat

Brattleboro, VT – Specialized treatment for stress, trauma, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and more for Law Enforcement, Fire, Military, Veterans, EMTs, Corrections Personnel.

Princeton House Behavioral Health

Princeton, NJ – Their First Responder Treatment Services provides a full continuum of inpatient addiction and psychological specialty services within a confidential setting for law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and military veterans/personnel. We are an acute care facility with medical and psychiatric services specifically designed to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and chronic and acute trauma associated with critical incidents that First Responders confront in the performance of their work.

PTSD Chat

A primarily Twitter based PTSD peer support chat group. They hold weekly “meetings” on Twitter, and participants have included first responders and veterans. Their website also has news and information related to PTSD and mental health.

Give an Hour (Veterans only)

A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the post-9/11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have a provider search tool that can help you find someone who meets your exact needs.

Survivor’s Network for Air & Surface Medical Transport

This network provides support, education, and resources to air & surface medical organizations, personnel and their families, and works to help mitigate risk and aid in individual and organizational post-accident recovery. They also put an emphasis on sharing the stories of survivors of medical transport incidents.

AMR’s EAP – 1-888-327-0024 or 1-888-327-1060

Both a link to the Employee Assistance Program website for AMR employees in the US and the phone number to the 24/7 crisis/counseling line. The website has a wealth of advice and education on handling various problems. The phone number should be used if you need help ASAP.

Rural/Metro’s EAP website

The Employee Assistance Program for Rural/Metro employees in the US. You may need a company code or other access information.


State by state list

This section contains state-by-state information on resources available. Some resources may be listed under more than one state depending on the area served. If you can’t find what you are looking for please check back soon, as we will be updating this list frequently. If you know of a resource that should be listed and is not, please contact us.

Alabama

Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy

Birmingham, AL – Dr. Diana Paulk, PhD specializes in trauma and PTSD and has treated first responders. The clinic also offers EMDR therapy, which is beneficial in some people who have experienced trauma or have PTSD. 

Alaska

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Arizona

Michelle Maliniak, MC, LPC

Tucson, AZ – Michelle has 22 years of experience in EMS and the fire service. She specalizes in first responders and PTSD, and also offers EMDR therapy. Phone: 520-975-5687

Arkansas

Craig Jones, LCSW

Benton, AR – Practices through the Counseling Clinic, Inc. He comes highly recommended by a first responder who has been under his care. (501) 315-4224

California

California Peer Support Network

The California Peer Support Association (CPSA), a professional and educational organization, is dedicated to the advancement, promotion and enhancement of peer support and peer support programs for law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service personnel.

Northern California

West Coast Post-trauma Retreat

San Rafael, CA – Run by the First Responders Support Network, the WCPR offers a 6 day residential program aimed at emergency responders of all kinds who are suffering from severe critical incident stress. Their staff includes a number of current and former first responders who understand the unique stressors of the jobs we do.

Karen Goehring, LMFT

Bay Area, CA – Karen is a former paramedic who now specializes in PTSD, first responders, and EMDR.  She also works with the children and families of first responders.

Jade DeFrates, MSW, LCSW

Brentwood, CA – Jade is a Christian therapist who runs “Heroes Need Help Too“, an organization dedicated to provide direct, free and confidential trauma counseling to first responders.

Capitol City Counseling

Carmichael, CA – Cub Eldredge, PhD is a psychologist who comes highly recommended by a first responder under his care. Phone: (916) 489-6082

Southern California

Becky Dennis, licensed psychotherapist

San Fernando Valley, CA – Becky is an EMT who is also a licensed psychotherapist. She specializes in PTSD and depression. She is also certified in CISD and has worked with veterans. (818) 379-3377

Colorado

Dr. Jonathan Brooks

Evergreen, CO – Dr. Brooks is a licensed psychologist who has experience treating victims of trauma and who has been using EMDR for 20+ years.

Dr. Daniel Crampton, PsyD, Paramedic

Colorado Springs, CO – Daniel is a paramedic and so he understands the job. He specializes in EMDR, neurofeedback, CBT, and talk therapy. Phone: 719-494-6058

Connecticut

Turning Point Behavioral Health, LLC

Hartford County & New Haven County – Run by Kelly Lynch, LCSW. Kelly has been an EMT since 2003 and specializes in first responders and PTSD. She accepts insurance and also keeps 2 pro-bono spots open for first responders who can not otherwise afford services. 860-856-1696

Delaware

Dennis Carradin, LPC

Wilmington, DE – Dennis is a licensed professional counselor and expert in traumatic stress. He is the clinical director for Delaware’s CISM team in addition to having a private practice and engaging in other projects related to first responder mental health. Phone: (302) 489-0220

Florida

 

Georgia

BodyMind Therapeutics, Inc

Carrollton, GA – Ted Ceccoli, MA is a licensed professional counselor and certified clinical hyponotherapist who has worked with first responders and people who have anxiety and PTSD. Phone: 770-838-9806

Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

Rosecrance Florian Program

The Rosencrance Florian Program is designed and run by current and retired first responders who also hold degrees as mental health providers. The program offers treatment for both mental health and addition problems in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.

Illinois Firefighter Peer Support

The ILFFPS is a statewide peer support group with over 80 trained peer supporters. The group is supervised by licensed mental health professionals who also have additional education in first responders.

Indiana

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Iowa

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Kansas

Kathy Martin, M.S.

Olathe, KS and Joplin, MO – Has worked with a wide variety of public safety members, and also does family therapy and works with children. Comes highly recommended by a first responder who was under her care. 417-781-6228.

Kentucky

Green Line Wellness

Louisville, KY – Dr. Matt Gilbert comes highly recommended by a first responder under his care. Dr. Gilbert has worked with multiple first responder clients, and is able to provide well rounded care.

Louisiana

Patricia Appleton, MSW, LCSW, DCSW

Baton Rouge, LA – Patricia comes highly recommended by a first responder under her care. She has experience with PTSD, stress management, and addiction recovery among other things. Phone: (225) 244-9982

Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

McLean LEADER Program

McLean Hospital understands that police, active military and other first responders endure unique on-duty and personal stresses, and also face many obstacles in seeking help. The LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) Program at McLean Hospital is proud to provide specialized mental health and addiction services, designed specifically for men and women in uniform. Call 617.855.3141 for more information.

On Site Academy

Westminister, MA – The On-Site Academy is a non-profit residential treatment and training center for critical incident stress management. We serve emergency service workers who are in distress. Our program is for all law enforcement, fire service, EMS, or other human service personnel who are themselves temporarily overwhelmed by the stress of their jobs, what they have seen, and what they have been through. They are affiliated with the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat in Northern California.

Fraternal Order of Firefighter Military Veterans (Veterans Only)

Statewide – A non-profit for those who are both firefighters and current or former members of the US military. They offer peer support programs and training. Their support groups and training programs are only available in MA at this time.

Michigan

Joe Lillly, LMSW (Perspectives of Troy)

Specializes in trauma/PTSD. He normally works with adolescents, but has worked with first responders and we were told he did a fantastic job. (248) 244-8644

Stefanie Tweedly, Psy. D, L.P. (ACW Consulting, Rochester MI)

Specializes in trauma/PTSD and working with first responders/military. Only downfall – you must pay up front, then submit the receipt to insurance. (248) 453-4064

Minnesota

Emergency Ministries

A group of chaplains who have all worked as first responders. They offer a variety of services in Texas and Minnesota.

Peggy Hepp, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Minneapolis/St Paul/Western Wisconsin area. She has specialized in treating PTSD within the law enforcement and EMS communities. 651-264-3044 (Voicemail is also confidential, so it is ok to leave a message).

Mississippi

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Missouri

Kathy Martin, M.S.

Joplin, MO & Olathe, KS – Has worked with a wide variety of public safety members, and also does family therapy and works with children. Comes highly recommended by a first responder who was under her care. 417-781-6228.

Step By Step Counseling

Excelsior Springs, MO – Lisa James, LCSW is reported to specialize in EMS and PTSD and comes highly recommended by a first responder who has been under her care. (816) 721-4652

Montana

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Nebraska

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Nevada

Dawn Sarna, MFT

Las Vegas, NV – Dawn comes highly recommended by a first responder who has been under her care. 4425 South Jones, Suite D3 Las Vegas, NV 89103. Phone: 702-283-0070

Erika Mellor, M.A.

Reno, NV – Erika and others in her practice provide services for first responders. Phone: 775-329-4582

New Hampshire

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New Jersey

Princeton House Behavioral Health

Princeton, NJ – Their First Responder Treatment Services provides a full continuum of inpatient addiction and psychological specialty services within a confidential setting for law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and military veterans/personnel. We are an acute care facility with medical and psychiatric services specifically designed to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and chronic and acute trauma associated with critical incidents that First Responders confront in the performance of their work.

Robert Watts, M.A., L.P.C, L.C.A.D.C

Mercer County, NJ. His practice is primarily first responders and he is private pay only with a sliding scale. He has experience treating first responders with various mental health conditions, including trauma, anxiety, and substance abuse. 267-799-3660

Anna Olsen, LPC

Succasunna, NJ – Reported to specialize in stress, trauma, and PTSD. Anna comes highly recommended by a first responder who has been under her care.

Dr. William Babula, Ph.D

Morris County, NJ – Has experience treating first responders, treating PTSD, and using CISD. 908-720-5090  

New Mexico

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New York

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North Carolina

North Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program

NC-Leap is a group of trained volunteer law enforcement officers, first responders, and chaplains who are prepared to provide immediate peer support to our brothers and sisters who have been involved in critical incidents and those who are dealing with daily stresses unique to the profession.

Ewart W. Sanders Center for First Responders

Opening Spring 2016. Winston-Salem, NC – The Ewart W. Sanders Center for First Responders program is for first responders, military personnel, and their families who have been impacted by their work experience. The Sanders Center residential program provides an educational experience to current and retired first responders and military and their families designed to help them identify signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and others.

AI Counseling & Consulting

Fayetteville, NC – One of their counselors, Chris Floro, specializes in PTS in veterans and public safety. He is experienced with EMDR.

Biblically Based Professional Counseling

Asheboro, NC – One of their counselors, Don Bartley, is recommended by a first responder who has been under his care. Don’s practice is equally about spirituality and mental health.

North Dakota

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Ohio

Safety Forces Chaplaincy Center

Akron, OH – Home to the Summit County CISM team, ASSIST 77. They also provide cost-free counseling, substance abuse intervention, material, and spiritual assistance to all police and fire personnel in Summit County. (330) 329-4588

Oklahoma

Stephanie Williams, LPC, PC

Edmond, OK – Stephanie comes highly recommended by a first responder under her care. She has specialized in work stress, stress management, EMDR, and PTSD. Phone: (405) 341-7117

Oregon

Oregon Public Safety Peer Support

Oregon’s peer support network resource list. Includes information on regional CISM/CISD teams, along with information on mental health professionals who have an understanding of public safety.

Drew Prochniak, MA, LPC, LMHC

Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA – Drew specalizes in trauma and first responders. He is the supervising provider for a local peer support team, and has done ride time on the ambulance in order to better understand the job.

Pennsylvania

Tammy Kogut, MA SFW

Ligonier, PA area. Tammy is the mother of a paramedic, and has been exposed to the unique conditions of the job and the stress that can occur because of it. While not formally trained in treating first responders she “gets it”. Cell phone (724) 433-6483

First Responder Addiction Treatment/Livengrin

Bensalem, PA area. The Livengrin Foundation runs a first responder program aimed at addiction recovery and dual diagnosis treatment. They offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment options.

Soltions et al. Inc

Erie, PA – The clinic has worked with veterans, police, EMS and firefighters suffering from post traumatic stress.  They provide EMDR therapy among their treatment options.  

Rhode Island

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South Carolina

Firefighter Assistance and Support Teams

Statewide – FAST is non-profit organization run through the S.C State Firefighter’s Association. They operate a number of support groups for firefighters and their family members.

Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy

Charleston, SC – A non-profit organization that provides pastoral care to first responders and their families, along with civilians during emergencies. Chaplains are available 24/7

Charleston Firefighter Support Team

Charleston, SC – Run in partnership with the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center. They offer a wide range of services tailored to firefighters and their family members.

Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team

North Charleston, SC – The FAST group for the North Charleston area.

South Dakota

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Tennessee

Dr. Gary Lee, PsyD

Henderson, TN – Practices through Hughes, McDaniel & Associates. Has experience working with first responders and people who have suffered from trauma. 131 Sanders Ferry Rd #203, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Phone: (615) 822-1222

Texas

Tania Glenn & Associates

Austin, TX – Tania and her colleagues provide counseling and other services for a wide variety of mental health issues, including trauma and PTSD. They have worked extensively with first responders and are familiar with the unique requirements to treat this population. They also have a Trauma Defense Team that can assist agencies in pre-planning for a traumatic event, along with responding after a traumatic event to assist in recovery.

Emergency Ministries

A group of chaplains who have all worked as first responders. They offer a variety of services in Texas and Minnesota.

Misc Austin area EMDR providers

Gary Brothers – 512-834-4141

Regan Lester Rodriguez – 512-329-0881

Bruno Lepore – 512-740-9975

Larry Oulette – 512-912-6332

Howard Lindermann – 512-420-9611

Craig Kern – 512-595-0265

Joel Wyrtzen – 512-697-9613

Alamo Heights Counseling

San Antonio – A small private practice serving the greater San Antonio area. They have experience working with both first responders and members of the military. One or more of their mental health professionals are trained in trauma and EMDR. EMDR is a therapy technique that can be very beneficial in some people with PTSD or other issues stemming from trauma.

Professional Counseling and Biofeedback Cener

Amarillo, TX – A private practice that has providers who specialize in trauma and PTSD, along with other issues affecting first responders. They also have CISM/CISD services.

Utah

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Vermont

Brattleboro Retreat

Brattleoro, VT – Specialized treatment for stress, trauma, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and more for Law Enforcement, Fire, Military, Veterans, EMTs, Corrections Personnel.

Virginia

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Washington

Drew Prochniak, MA, LPC, LMHC

Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA – Drew specializes in trauma and first responders. He is the supervising provider for a local peer support team, and has done ride time on the ambulance in order to better understand the job.

Washington D.C.

Eileen Dombo, Ph.D, LICSW

D.C. –  Comes highly recommended by a first responder under her care. While she does not specialize in first responders she has experience treating them and has a keen interest in secondary trauma. Phone: 202-423-9509

West Virginia

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Wisconsin

Peggy Hepp, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Minneapolis/St Paul/Western Wisconsin area. She has specialized in treating PTSD within the law enforcement and EMS communities. Phone: 651-735-0821

Wyoming

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Canada

Tema Conter Memorial Trust – 1-888-288-8036 (Peer Support and Family Assistance Line)

Canadian resource for first responders that offers classes in training and peer support.

Tema Conter Resource List

A direct link to Tema’s list of mental health resources around Canada.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

This links straight to the CASP’s “Find a crisis center” page, which allows you to find a crisis center in your province that has a 24 hr crisis line. Their home page also has information on mental health and Canadian specific statistics.

#IVEGOTYOURBACK911

Canadian mental health awareness campaign for first responders.


International

Blue Light Programme

UK – A program run by the UK organization Mind. They provide mental health education and support to emergency services staff in England.

Behind The Seen

Australia – Behind The Seen is a series of programs developed to raise awareness of the unique lifestyle and incident stresses experienced by frontline emergency service providers and their families.

Sirens of Silence

Australia – Sirens of Silence is a charity in West Australia that was founded in 2015 after a surge in the number of suicides within the Ambulance Service in W.A. They raise awareness, and provide education and support for all emergency services.

 

Disclaimer
The resources listed are intended as suggestions only. Seeking mental health treatment is a highly personal experience and a resource that worked for one person may not work for another. We can not guarantee that the resources listed will be able to help you, are accepting new patients, accept certain insurance plans, or are still in business.