Building Healthier Communities
by Supporting the Mental Wellness of our First Responders
At Heal the Hero Foundation, we believe communities thrive when our first responders are mentally and physically resilient. Neighborhoods become safer and more vibrant places to live, work, and play. And at the heart of every crisis, residents can find a hero to help when they are in need.
Unfortunately, we are in the midst of a mental health crisis that affects the first responders we rely on in our greatest moments of need. Day after day, first responders put the safety and wellbeing of others ahead of their own. Until we prioritize their wellbeing, our communities will never realize total health and safety.
Mental Health Initiative
for our Nation’s Heroes
Heal the Hero Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that exists to address this crisis by reimagining mental wellness and resilience for first responders.
We equip police departments, fire departments, EMS and more with the tools and resources they need to perform at the highest level, feel physically and mentally healthy, and create better conditions for first responders and communities to work together.
Sacrificing Mental Health
First responders are valued on the frontlines for the depths of their strength and bravery – but the trauma or stress they experience in one day can be more than others feel in a lifetime. We can do more to protect those who protect us.
First responders are:
to experience mental health conditions like depression & PTSD
7 out of 10
first responders say they don’t regularly utilize mental health services
of first responders say they fear negative repercussions for seeking help for mental health
“This program offers a drug-free, technology-driven solution of brain fitness that enhances our performance, the potential for better decision-making, improved reaction times, quality sleep, and overall well-being”
“Other than my own family, nothing is more important to me than the wellbeing of those who protect and secure our freedom and safety. When these wonderful Veterans return to civilian life, some are suffering from seen and unseen trauma as a result o their many deployments. Heal the Hero Foundation and Vitanya are doing more to meet their needs than any other organization I know.”
“This program has changed my life. I see things in a different way now. I’m happy. I’m not that grumpy old dude anymore. I enjoy getting up in the morning. I enjoy going to work. What I felt as stress then cops today would laugh at compared to what they deal with now. This should be a tool in each officer’s toolbelt that they could use. It would benefit them 150%.”
“During [the program I] found significant improvements in my quality of life, quality of sleep, stress levels, ability to manage stress, physical reactions I had experienced from some significant traumas that had occurred, improved clarity of thought, and improved organizational skills. My Fire Chief also saw a significant difference in my performance, ability to communicate, and my energy levels.”