Why is it that the first to respond to a crisis are often the last to seek help for their own struggles? We get it. The constant stress. The administrative hassles. Balancing home life with a swing schedule. The anger that sits just at the top of your throat. The numbness and depression that has sunk in now – where life used to be fun, now it just seems like just one long shift. Maybe you would speak up and say something if you didn’t think it would hurt your career. Maybe you’re fed up, frustrated, and discouraged, feeling hopeless and helpless. And maybe you’ve even thought to yourself, “I can’t take it anymore.”
But what if you’ve only been treating part of the problem?
Firstline courses are led by people who have been there. They’ve lived through it, learned from it and want to help lead others out of it. We are a community of people committed to helping each other heal from the spiritual and emotional impact of daily stress and trauma. You won’t find shortcuts or easy answer, but instead you will find solutions that last. Families just like yours are experiencing healing as we speak. Your healing can start today.
Though we do provide support, and we are are a group, we are much more than just a “support group.” We are a network of “bridge people” helping one another cross the spiritual void experienced in the aftermath of stress and trauma. The course consists of a led discussion digging deeper into specific topics related the daily struggles of first responders and their families. Most groups are led by fellow first responders.
Each meeting starts by getting to know each other in a casual, comfortable environment. Often this involves eating a family-style meal together. We believe that spouses are deeply affected by the responder career choice, so we encourage married couples to complete the course together. And at most locations, childcare is provided as well.
Nothing you share will be reported to your chain of command, and as a non-government program, your career will not be jeopardized. We don’t wear uniforms, whenever possible, and in most cases go by our first names.
Critical incidents and emergencies impact the mind, body, and soul. With the Bible as our guide, we focus on helping our group members establish or regain the connectedness with God and their loved ones that they were designed to experience.