First responders are a population that is experiencing PTSD at high rates and are at risk for suicide as a result. At B FREE we strive to heal individuals dealing with complex trauma through movement, mindfulness, and joy.
Why First Responders?
Law enforcement officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Furthermore, EMS providers are 1.39 times more likely to die by suicide than the public.
Studies have found that between 17% and 24% of public safety telecommunicators have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and 24% have symptoms of depression.
While telecommunicators are often the very first responders engaged with those on the scene, research on their suicide risk and mental health has lagged.
Source: Suicides Among First Responders: A Call to Action, Posted on April 6, 2021, by Hope M. Tiesman
Through this program, our goal is to reduce the fight, flight, or freeze response symptoms that can be damaging to the body, mind, and spirit.
We hope to support our first responders in healing their trauma, connecting to each other, and living a more healthy life that essentially reduces the high risk of suicide for this much-needed population in our communities and our world.
Our First Responder Program provides:
A community connection with other first responders to provide a space for collective healing
Monthly events and gatherings at B FREE or other local restaurants in the area
Monthly yoga and mindfulness stress reduction classes and workshops
In the moment holistic debriefing opportunities with B FREE wellness coaches, clinicians, and staff as needed
Access to all the wellness services including coaching, therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, reiki, massage, acupuncture, and studio classes at a reduced price