FirstNet, Built with AT&T, Teams Up with First HELP to Support Lorain County First Responders with #ResponderReadiness Training
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ELYRIA, Ohio, April 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First HELP (Honour, Educate, Lead and Prevent) and PremierNet®, Built with AT&T, is partnering to provide first responders in Lorain County and nearby communities with free, world-class mental health training through First HELP’s #ResponderReadiness Workshop Series. First responders can register today for the trainings planned in Elyria from April 19 to 21.
During the four-hour workshops, first responders explore the 3Ps of #ResponderReadiness: performance, perseverance and prevention. Through small group discussions, participants explore the impact that operational stress and trauma have on their careers and families and use scenario-based training to practice having difficult conversations about mental health and suicide prevention with friends, family members and colleagues. First responders practice resilience skills using what First HELP calls the Resilience RANGE.
“By providing educational and practical tools, we can help first responders perform at their best throughout their careers, benefiting the responder, their family, their agency and the community. said Dr. Jeffrey McGill, co-founder and CEO of First HELP.
Since 2016, First HELP has tracked law enforcement suicides nationwide and in 2021, opened up its efforts to include all first responders. Ohio State accounts for 43 of the 997 suicides reported to First HELP since 2017, including two previously reported in 2022.
The trainings are scheduled to take place in Elyria from April 19-21 at Lorain County Community College.
AT&T works to ease the burden on communities by providing free, high-quality training to Ohio’s first responders. FirstNet is the only national, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the broader public safety community. Shaped by the vision of Congress and the first responder community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, an independent agency within of the federal government.
“AT&T’s commitment to our public safety community goes beyond our FirstNet network connectivity,” said Dr. Anna Courie, DPN, RN, PHNA-BC, Director, Responder Wellness, FirstNet Program at AT&T. “We are committed to working with First HELP to bring mental health resources to first responders across the country – especially in rural areas with limited access. This program with First HELP will better equip first responders mentally and physically and help our public safety community to stay safer.”
First HELP’s #ResponderReadiness Workshop Series is a unique program that brings all first responders together in a cohesive training program where participants develop skills built around a common set of principles.
The training program reinforces the strategic priorities established by the FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition (FNHWC) to support first responders and their families. FNHWC’s mission is to integrate responder, community, industry, and academic capabilities to support the health, wellness, and preparedness of America’s first responders.
Both organizations hope to see this training reach far into local Ohio communities. Although the training is open to federal, state and municipal responders, priority is given to smaller communities.
First responders in and around Lorain County can register for this free training on the First HELP website: 1sthelp.org/event/2022elyria/.
Joseph Willis, CLO
Image 1: Responder Preparation Class
In San Antonio, Texas, members of 15 agencies discuss mental resource awareness with Steven Hough, COO of First HELP.
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