The mental, emotional and physical impacts of emergency response work can compromise our ability to be there for our brothers and sisters in uniform, to be engaged with our families, and to protect our communities.
Founded at the National Mental Health Innovation Center of the University of Colorado Anschutz, ResponderStrong was created in 2016 as a collaboration between emergency responders and their advocates, including educators, clinicians, and researchers. Our mission is to improve mental health supports for emergency responders and their families through joint focuses on intervention and prevention. Our site serves as a resource map for responder-informed crisis and clinical services as well as easily accessible educational content and tools for responders, their families, their leaders and the clinicians who work with them. ResponderStrong has also created custom educational content regarding relationships, stress management, and resiliency in response to community needs assessments.
Now housed at the All Clear Foundation in Denver, ResponderStrong continues to focus on mental wellness within a broader mission to support overall wellness for responders and their families across branches to include law enforcement, fire, EMS and dispatch. We remain committed to the belief that equipping responders with the tools to protect themselves against the mental and emotional exposures of the job is vital to their overall performance and well-being, from recruitment through retirement, as well as to their families and the communities they serve.
Law enforcement, fire, dispatch and EMS teams in Colorado can find more information, including how to join this movement, on the ResponderStrong website.