Emergency Ministries Partners with PTSD Foundation of America to Help First Responders Heal
This story reminds me of one of the calls I went on when I was an active fire chaplain. An elderly man fell and busted his skull open. Blood and brains were every where. Our first responders have front row seats to the worst days of people’s lives everyday. First Responders never know when the next call will become one call too many. Programs like this are too scarce and sorely needed ! Pastor Crutchfield
Two great organizations have teamed up to bring hope to those Heroes who have served and are serving on the “front lines” of our city streets.
Emergency Ministries is honored to be chosen by the PTSD Foundation of America to be their “Official First Responder Partner” and to take the new “First Responder Healing Manual” to the streets and to offer weekly support groups. “This alliance between our two organizations will enable us to reach more places and people in need of our services.” Skip Straus MA,BCC,EMT-P, who is founder/CEO/Chief Chaplain of Emergency Ministries. (NOTE – first groups are being offered in the Houston area for now – with plans for expansion to other cities).
ABOUT THE PEER SUPPORT GROUPS
Up to ten fellow first responders (led by a fellow first responder who has ‘been there, done that’ and who has specialized training in PTSD) will meet weekly to openly discuss the impacts of our jobs on ourselves, our families , our friends and our co-workers. This group is presented as a “safe venue” for first responders to meet with their peers and work on countering the devastating effects caused by the terrible incidents many encounter on a daily basis. Straus notes that many emergency services organizations have Employee Assistance Programs, however many first responders find it difficult to open up to someone oyher than another first responder, someone who knows what they have lived through.
” Every day, a first responder answers a call, they know they will most likely be exposed to horrendous sites and situations. ” said Straus. ” No matter their strength and professionalism, being part of those situations can have cataclysmic effects on them-and those around them-if they don’t have trained persons to ‘walk with them’ through the crisis. That’s where Emergency Chaplain Group comes in. ”
The groups are open to al first responders- including firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers, dispatchers and other emergency services personnel- who meet with up to ten of their peers led by a fellow first responder who has specialized training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to discuss the impacts of their jobs on their families, friends, coworkers, and selves.
Are you feeling the effects of years on the job seeing highly charged and emotional scenes? Join a group today!
Thursday Evenings – 7:00pm
Tomball Regional Medical Center – First Floor Conference Room
605 Holderrieth Blvd. – Tomball, TX 77375
Monday Evenings – 7:00pm
Spring Baptist Church – Room #101A
633 E Louetta Rd – Spring, Texas 77373
For more information about joining a group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281.651.2661 (Mon-Fri 0900-1700hrs Central Time Zone)
Posted on September 19, 2015, in Ministry to First Responders and tagged Dispatchers, Emergency Ministries, EMTs, firefighters, First Responders, Law Enforcement Officers, Post Raumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, PTSD Foundation of America. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.