Operation Mutual Aid
Our military and First Responders face extraordinary pressure in the line of duty, but after service is over or their shift ends another challenge begins….
First responders respond to and witness some of the most tragic events that happen in our communities. On-the-job stress can have a significant impact on their physical and mental well-being, which can accumulate over the course of a career. Many struggle with alcohol abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD and other challenges. Transitioning from active-duty to civilian life can also bring on persistent mental health issues and hardships in the life of active-duty military personnel and veterans connected to our community.
Operation Mutual Aid provides a space where First Responders and Military (Active, Veteran or Reserve) are able to connect with their peers who have had lived experiences with trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD in a safe and welcoming environment. Our goal is to provide a support system in the event of a crisis so that no one feels that they have to go it alone.
We have online and in-person support groups. Group meetings are led by a Peer Specialist who has undergone training through our specialized program. Each Peer Specialist is currently serving or has served in the military or as a first responder.
We are not a crisis line, if you are currently experiencing an emergency or crisis please contact 9-1-1 immediately.
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What is a Peer Specialist? Our Peer Specialists offer their unique lived experience with mental health conditions (PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc.) to offer emotional support, share knowledge, teach skills, provide practical assistance, and connect people with local resources, opportunities, communities of support, and other people.
We are in development and currently seeking volunteers. We will provide basic training in suicide prevention, group meeting guidelines and program procedures. Training is provided free-of-charge so long as there is funding.
You must be a current or former First Responder or Military Service-Member and have the desire to lead a group and help people.
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Specialist please fill out this application and we will contact you to schedule an interview.
Note: This program was created in direct response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is part of a planned multi-phase project once social distancing and masking is no longer a barrier.