Dr. Jim Guy
From the President
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Statistically, the frequency of mass fatality shootings is increasing. Regardless of differing views of why and what should be done, we all agree that innocent victims are being needlessly killed, injured and traumatized.
Emergency First Responders are also traumatized by these events. They arrive on the scene to eliminate further danger, manage the chaos, treat the wounded, recover the dead, and comfort the survivors. Despite their training and experience, no human brain was designed to handle the horrors they encounter. Afterwards, many suffer in silence, sometimes for years. Their incidence of PTSD, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and suicidal risk is higher than found in the general population.
That’s why providing psychological support is included in our mission. We are in awe of their great courage, dedication, and strength. But, we also see their pain and the damage to their health and relationships.
So, we work hard to support emergency responders, building their resilience and capacity to recover from trauma. Research and innovation help us create new tools, techniques, and resources to help these heroes thrive and continue in their important work. We need them to be resilient. Please join us in this effort by providing funding, advice, and referrals. Thanks.