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Be MindfulCustomized First Responder Programs

Our custom curriculum for our First Responders Program presents the science, practice and extension of mindfulness, especially as applied to acute and chronic stress, multi-tasking, addiction and compassion fatigue. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Mindfulness-based trainings for law enforcement officers, fire departments and emergency medical services personnel across the country.  However research on the effectiveness of mindfulness training for 911 communications center employees is scarce.  

Be Mindful is proud to announce the launch of our program specifically tailored for the Denver 911 Communications Center beginning January of 2017.  The 911 team works in partnership with Denver Police, Fire and Health Paramedics to ensure the safety and quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors in the City and County of Denver.

Why Be Mindful?

Our proactive training approach includes neuro-restorative exercises, which control startle responses, increase communication, morale, group cohesiveness, efficiency, productivity and overall wellness, ultimately leading to increased health and happiness. Our highly qualified instructors are trained in decades of personal practice and multiple modalities to deliver competent sustainable mindfulness. Our instructors and curriculum developers take months to sit in on shifts and work with supervisors to customize our training so that it is relevant and relatable to first responders.

Be Mindful Training Helps Treat:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder
Burnout Syndrome
Compassion Fatigue

To ensure the highest levels of efficacy in our research with first responders, we have established a partnership with the Police Foundation and Eastern Virginia Medical School to evaluate both the effectiveness of mindfulness, as well as our organization.

First Responders PTSD and Suicide

We can no longer ignore the silent suffering of our Police, Firefighters, 911 Dispatch and Emergency Medical Professionals. It is important that we openly acknowledge the stress that comes along with these jobs and change the stigma around depression, suicide and PTSD in order to better support those that serve our communities.

In 2015, Career Cast reported the most stressful job was Firefighter. According to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA), 104 firefighters in the United States committed suicide in 2014. Even more shocking, the suicide numbers came from just 25 percent of fire departments nationwide willing to share the difficult statistic.

Recent research indicates that 1/3 of active-duty and retired officers suffer from post-traumatic stress; but most don't even realize it. Law enforcement officers are also at a much higher rate of developing a cumulative form of PTSD related to their exposure to multiple traumatic events. For every police suicide, almost 1,000 officers continue to work while suffering the painful symptoms of PTSD.

The full year study (2012) broke down the 126 officer suicides into the following statistical data:

  • Average age of officers dying by suicide was 42
  • Average time on the job for officers dying by suicide was 16 years
  • 15% – 18% (150,000) of officers suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress
  • 91% of suicides were by male officers
  • 63% of officers dying by suicide were single
  • 11% of officers dying by suicide were military veterans
  • Firearms were used in 91.5% of police suicides
  • In 83% of the police officer suicides, personal problems appear prevalent prior to the suicide
  • 11% of the police officers dying by suicide had legal problems pending
  • California and New York had the highest reported police suicides