Most experts estimate at least 25% of first responders have ever had thoughts of suicide or that life was not worth living.
Some estimates place this number even higher, up to 30% in 911 dispatchers and up to 47% in firefighters. If this is you, you are not alone. These thoughts are not uncommon, and they are not insurmountable. We are able to recover from these feelings and lead meaningful careers and lives.
EAPFirst is a public, Vermont-based program whose mission is to care for the well-being of Vermont’s First Responders by providing expert trauma-informed clinical support, individual counseling and assistance in building a skilled peer network. The program is a partnership between the Invest EAP Centers for Wellbeing and the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. Available 24/7.
Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5590 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
A free, 24/7, completely confidential helpline for officers and their families. On the other end of each phone call is a vetted retired police officer to ensure your voice is not only heard but understood.
988 suicide and crisis lifeLine dial 988
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
Crisis Text Line Text VT to 741741
The 24-hour Crisis Text Line provides round-the-clock support seven days a week by providing access to the counselors via text messaging. Within five minutes, a return text will be sent, followed by a response from a trained crisis counselor.