Every day, first responders, military members, veterans and their families deal with realities that others only see on television. The jobs that our heroes are asked to perform can be traumatic, and those experiences don’t go away when the shift ends.
So on Giving Tuesday, the Fire Department Coffee Foundation is proud to donate $1,500 to the SUPHEROES Foundation to help ensure that our heroes always have access to top-quality mental health care so that they can confront any issues they may face.
The SUPHEROES Foundation partners with other organizations dedicated to creating mental health resiliency and together they work to remove barriers that stand in the way of heroes receiving the care that they need.
That could mean providing financial resources to help them travel to receive treatment or it may help them fill in gaps left by high-deductibles and out-of-pocket health care costs. In other cases, it can mean connecting heroes with the best place to provide the most-effective mental health treatment available.
Education is also a critical part of the SUPHEROES mission. Foundation members and partners travel to meet with government departments to educate them on the mental health realities facing first responders, military members and veterans, as well as the toll it can take on their families.
They discuss post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. The foundation educates these departments on the resources available to our heroes and works with them so that they can become stronger advocates for these heroes and their families.
The SUPHEROES Foundation was created by James Benway, a retired U.S. Coast Guardsman. Benway was motivated to launch the foundation because he saw the effects that traumatic experiences could have on mental health, and he recognized the significant gaps and barriers preventing our heroes from receiving the very best care.
Fire Dept. Coffee is honored to help this like-minded organization grow as it works to remove those barriers and give our heroes the tools they need to embrace resiliency and thrive.