Code Green’s Programs and Services

This page provides an overview of the programs and services offered by The Code Green Campaign®. In 2014 we started with a simple storytelling program and have expanded from there. We offer a variety of services based on the needs of the first responder community. In addition to the services we offer we also maintain databases on other organizations that serve first responders. We hope that even if we can’t provide the service you need that we can connect you with someone that does.
 
This page is not exhaustive and we strive to be flexible. Don’t be afraid to contact us if you need assistance on a topic related to first responder mental health.

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Education & Public Speaking

Providing education is one of Code Green’s primary programs. Our education is flexible. We have experience presenting at conferences, in-house CE events, TED-talk style events, and panel discussions. Code Green offers a variety of continuing education classes related to first responder mental health. We have three primary classes. Our general education class, our resiliency class, and our management class. However, we can create custom classes to fit just about any time-slot or topic related to first responder mental health.

Code Green’s staff have also given informative presentations to youth groups, Explorer groups, and community groups.

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Consulting

Code Green also offers consulting services on a variety of topics related to first responder mental health. This includes both formal consulting to first responder agencies and more informal consulting to individuals.We’ve assisted agencies in setting up peer support/CISM teams, organizing funeral services, and setting up local scholarships. We frequently help individuals with research (although we don’t do your homework for you!). One of the things Code Green does is act as an information clearing house and so even if we don’t know the answer to something we often know someone who does know the answer.

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Treatment Assistance

Code Green offers financial assistance to first responders and former first responders who need help paying for mental health care and associated costs. Assistance can go towards costs such as co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and travel costs to attend inpatient treatment. With the proper documentation we can also help with indirect expenses such as increased daycare costs while attending therapy, or travel costs to see a qualified therapist outside your local area.

At this time we are unable to provide assistance paying for day-to-day expenses such as housing, utilities, or other bills. However, we have helped first responders find local resources that can provide assistance.

Code Green also maintains a separate treatment assistance fund for first responders involved in the response to the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on 10/1/2017. The fund is available to first responders who were employed by a first responder agency in the area at the time of the shooting, or were dispatched from out of the area, and their immediate family members. You can find more information about the fund here.

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Suicide Tracking

Code Green works in conjunction with the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance and Blue HELP to track and validate first responder suicides. Code Green accepts confidential suicide reports for first responders in both the United States and Canada. We track suicides for all first responders, including firefighters, EMS, police, air medical, dispatch, and search & rescue. Code Green works with our partner organizations to cast the widest net possible in collecting suicide reports. We hope that by having a better understanding of suicide in first responders we can combat it more effectively.

Blue HELP, Code Green, and FBHA are the three most established and trusted non-profit organizations collecting first responder suicide data.

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Storytelling Project

Code Green’s oldest program, our storytelling project offers first responders an anonymous outlet to talk about their mental health issues. We welcome stories from all kinds of first responders (fire, EMS, police, dispatch, SAR, etc) who have experienced any mental health issue; diagnosed or not, work related or not. Stories are then re-shared on our website and social media for others to see. The program has the benefit of allowing people to tell their stories in their own words without judgement. It also has the benefit of letting other first responders read the stories and know they’re not alone and it isn’t unusual to experience these issues. We’ve also had first responders send their family members or even their therapists to read the stories to get a better understanding of the job.

The family members/loved ones of first responders who have died by suicide or experienced significant mental health issues are also welcome to submit their stories.

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Resources Database

The Code Green Campaign maintains a large database of first responder oriented mental health resources. The database includes a variety of information, including helplines and inpatient treatment centers. There is a state-by-state listing of resources such mental health clinicians who specialize in treating first responders. Additionally there is a state-by-state listing of lay resources such as chaplains and peer support teams. The database also includes an international section, along helpful websites & apps, and links to online support groups.

Along with the resources database we also maintain lists of podcasts and blogs related to first responder mental health, and reading lists of books relevant to first responder mental health topics.

If you are a clinician interested in being added to our resources database please contact us here.

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