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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:

  • Fire Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • 911 Telecommunicators
  • Fire Arson Investigators
  • Forensics
  • Flight Medics/Crews
  • Family Members
  • Retirees
  • Recruits/Cadets
  • Lifeguards

Our Program Components

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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.

 

 

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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.

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This product was supported [in part] by grant number H79FG000149 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The content does not necessarily reflect the views or polices of SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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