Education, Peer Support, Navigation, Capacity Building
from Recruitment to Retirement
The 2nd Alarm ProjectR is a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive, evidence-based resiliency programs and services to support the mental health of first responders. What began in 2019 after Hurricane Michael as a SAMHSA grant to support NW Florida fire service members has grown to serve as a comprehensive resource for first responders and their families throughout the state of Florida and beyond.
Who We Serve:
We heard you! The 2nd Alarm Project seeks to address the most common barriers to accessing care reported by first responders in our area, including:
41% of first responders reported wanting to solve the problem on their own
37% thought the problem would get better by itself
35% reported feeling embarrassed or ashamed
34% reported not wanting a mental health problem on their medical records
32% reported concerns they might be seen as weak for having a mental health problem or that people they know would find out
24% reported not being able to afford financial costs involved
22% were unsure of where to get professional care
20% reported they would rather seek care from peers
14% had previous bad experiences with professional care
23% of first responders reported PTSD.
77% of first responders reported symptoms of depression.
37% of first responders self-reported harmful substance abuse.
15% of first responders have contemplated suicide.
85% of first responders believe peer support is a useful resource.