The First Responders Child Resilience Program will provide mental health and behavioral support to children of first responders

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First Responders Children’s Foundation

The program will launch on May 16 during Mental Health Awareness Month

NEW YORK, May 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First Responders Children’s Foundation, the national nonprofit organization that was founded in the aftermath of 9/11, when more than 800 children lost a first responder parent, announced today today that the organization will launch a program on May 16, 2022which provides mental and behavioral support to children of first responders.

First Responders Children’s Foundation Resilience Program protect and build the mental resilience of children whose parents protect communities across the country. These first responders often struggle to protect their children from the stress of their jobs.

First responders face unprecedented mental health issues, including an all-time high in deaths and suicides in the line of duty, increased levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family separation linked to the pandemic, economic hardship, and the long-term impact of 9/11-related illnesses. When the Covid-19 pandemic swept the country, the children of first responders felt firsthand the impact that everyday life-threatening situations had on a parent, and deaths in the line of duty among law enforcement and firefighters have reached unprecedented heights. As a result, family members of these first responders are at risk of developing secondary trauma. The First Responders Children’s Foundation Resilience Program addresses the secondary effects of trauma on children. A child may exhibit subversive behavior, emotional outbursts, hypervigilance or otherwise acting, and may exhibit fear, anxiety, depression and undeserved shame – as a way of expressing their need support.

The program provides expert therapy, at no cost to families, to help children of first responders manage, process and cope with a range of emotional challenges specific to their unique needs.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Resilience Program will begin accepting applications May 16, 2022 and will initially provide support to children of first responders in five states, including California, Florida, New York, Tennessee and Texas.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Resilience Program was designed to be:

  • Free

  • Confidential and anonymous

  • Provided by licensed mental health professionals

  • Accessible both virtually and in person

  • Available 24/7

“There is a mental health crisis that has hit the children of first responders the hardest,” said Jillian Crane, president and CEO of the First Responders Children’s Foundation. “These children often suffer in silence as they directly feel the impact that everyday life-threatening situations have on their parent. Every day, the children of first responders carry with them the fear that their parent will be injured or killed in the line of duty. They also have high stress and anxiety when their parent misses vacations and important life milestones.

The program was funded by proceeds from The Parade of Trees auction created by business partner Universal Music Group Nashville with the label’s top talent, including Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Keith Urban and Reba McEntirein the same way Eric Church, George Strait, Luke Bryan and mickey guyton and Opry Gaylord Resorts. Part of a donation made by a philanthropist mackenzie scott will be allocated to the project, along with a portion of the proceeds from the hit duo’s streams and sales “Stuck With You” made possible thanks to Ariana Grande, justin bieber, brown scooter and the team of SB projectsincluding Def Jam Recordings, Archives of the Republic, Amazon Music, Spotifyand Universal Music Group.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation is actively raising additional funds to help expand the new program across the United States and territories. The Foundation is appealing to businesses and individual donors to donate and make a difference in the life of a child.

About the First Responders Children’s Foundation
For 20 years, the First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided college scholarships to the children of parents of first responders who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also provides grants to families experiencing significant financial hardship and supports activities and educational programs created by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live. The First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established in March 2020 to provide financial hardship grants, PPE and hotel rooms to first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic . The Foundation also pays for the funerals of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about the First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at www.1stRCF.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram @1stRCF

Press contacts:
For the First Responders Children’s Foundation:

Joanna Black

+1 (646) 912-2681

[email protected]

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