Whether you’re rescuing accident victims, fighting fires or fighting crime, first responders are always putting themselves at physical risk. That’s easy to see.
What isn’t always as visible are the mental and emotional stresses that our first responders face each day as they strive to serve others.
That’s why the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation is proud to contribute $1,000 to the North Carolina First Responder Peer Support Team to help them in their mission to provide the emotional wellness resources that are so desperately needed by so many.
The organization’s goal is to provide a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental environment where first responders can feel comfortable asking for help — and receiving it. Whether it’s directly from peer to peer or from the organization’s clinical or faith teams, those in need of help can find it through the various services and resources available.
Emotional stresses can show themselves in many forms — anxiety, depression, insomnia, alcohol or substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and many others. They are an unfortunate reality for so many first responders who bear the emotional toll that often comes with answering the call to serve their community.
For anyone experiencing one or more of those challenges, a team of your peers is ready to listen and ready to help in any way possible.
At the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation, we know that there is strength in asking for help, and we are honored to support the North Carolina First Responder Peer Support Team and all the heroes they serve.