WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
The Sweeney Alliance, a non-profit, provides training programs and educational materials relating to trauma and grief for the public safety and emergency response professionals and their families in North America.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Today, in the United States, what were once considered safe environments are now battlegrounds. No longer are schools, homes, places of business, or churches safe from violent acts of aggression. Moreover, our society is witnessing an alarming increase in homicides, rapes, domestic violence, child abuse, and highway injuries and deaths.
The aftermath of these traumatic events is having a devastating and adverse reaction on everyone involved particularly the emergency response professions: the men and women who serve their communities as firefighters, pre-hospital caregivers, and public safety officers.
Their daily experiences with life-threatening and highly stressful events are affecting them physically, mentally, and emotionally. Furthermore, divorce, substance abuse, and heart attack rates in these professions are among the highest in the nation. Now, more than ever, there is a need for programs that offer help for coping with grief and trauma.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
In addition to helping emergency first responders cope with the mental and emotional traumas of their professions, providing financial assistance to first responders and their families seeking treatment for addiction, mental health concerns and physical disabilities and building a legacy of financial support to meet these goals through fundraising and charitable donations we provide the following:
- Publish free, online newsletters
- Offer a free, online study program about grief and loss
- Provide free one-on-one support to individuals coping with the death of a loved one
- Provide resources for emergency responders, and their family members, struggling with post-traumatic stress and addictions
- Teach in-service educational programs for the general public and emergency responders, their families, CISM team members and department chaplains including How to Understand Grief Seminar and Grieving Behind the Badge
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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