Upcoming Events

Twin Falls, ID April 11-12, 2019


Co-hosted by Code 4 NW,  Blue H.E.L.P. & The Institute for Responder Wellness

When:  April 11-12, 2019

Time:  0800-1600

Where:  Canyon Crest Event Center

330 Canyon Crest Drive
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301

Sponsored by Twin Falls FOP Lodge #22, SIRCOMM, Magic Valley Paramedics & Jerome City Fire Department

This training is for all 1st responders, police, fire, military/veterans, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired 1st responders, spouses, professional staff, clinicians, and all who work in the public safety field. 

1st Responder Conferences presents a multi-faceted two-day seminar and networking event for improving the mental health and wellness of our first responders.  By discussing the real 21st Century issues that are consistently facing our first responders and their families, our conference will provide awareness, resources and action items to combat PTSD, depression, suicide, addiction, stress, and overall mental health. 

1st Responder Conferences proudly introduces a line-up of credible nationally recognized speakers who will address matters that impact the personal and professional lives of first responders and their family members through dynamic and engaging presentations for the entire first responder community. This two-day seminar is unique in that your spouses or significant others who support you are invited to come learn with you. 

With a progressive and forward message of optimism and sustainability, 1st Responder Conferences goal is pushing past traditional silence and bringing first responder wellness to our America's Heroes.

Speakers and Topics

Surviving the Job- Officer Steve Redmond, Seattle Police and Founder of Code 4 NW

Living With the Ghost...How to Negotiate When You're the Hostage- Tim Wonacott, Senior Fire Fighter, Boise Fire Department 

From Post-Traumatic Injury to Crisis to Recovery- Captain/Paramedic Chris Verkerk; Meridian Fire Department 

Resiliency-Coping When the Pain Doesn't Go Away- Captain Ron Winegar, Boise Police Department 

Introduction to Yoga For First Responders: Processing Stress and Enhancing Performance- Olivia Mead, Founder of Yoga for First Responders 

Surviving Post Traumatic Stress in Dispatch- Becky Justus, Nampa Police & Fire Dispatch

A Nickel Saved- Police Chief Mike Masterson (retired) 

 Save a Warrior Program- Mark Lema, Director of Alumni Affairs

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Palatine, IL April 11-12, 2019


Hosted by Blue H.E.L.P.

2019 Chicago Regional Conference

When:  April 11-12, 2019

Time:  0800-1700

Where:  Holiday Inn Express Palatine-Arlington Heights  

1550 E. Dundee Rd

Palatine, IL 60074

Join us in Chicago for our powerful wellness conference featuring a panel discussion with friends and family members who have lost their LEO to suicide.

Passing PTSD Legislation in Florida – Geoffrey Bichler, Esq., Bichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox

Ripples in the Pond…Surviving Traumatic Stress – Steve Hough and Jeffrey McGill, Former Okaloosa County, FL Violent Fugitive Task Force

Navigating the Healthcare System: Separating Facts from Fiction – Nicholas Greco, M.S., B.C.E.T.S., C.A.T.S.M., F.A.A.E.T.S.

Facts and Fallacies of officer wellness, FOID reporting and therapy – Dr. Carrie Steiner, First Responders Wellness Center

Living the Resilient Life – Tim Perry, Nationwide Chaplain Services

Surviving Critical Incidents and Marriage – Cathy and Javier Bustos, Law Enforcement Peer Counselors, TX

Impact of Police Work and PTSD – Sara Gura, The NIPSTA Foundation

Impact of Employee Wellness on Performance and Organizational Culture – Scott Nayendoff, Deputy Chief – Cary (Illinois) Police Department

DISCUSSION PANEL – Learn about suicide loss from family members and loved ones who have lost an officer to suicide

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Washington DC May 11, 2019


2019 Blue H.E.L.P. Police Week Dinner

When:  May 11, 2019

Time:  1800-Midnight

Where:  Capital Hilton

Washington, DC

Keynote Speaker

Jon Adler

Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Blue H.E.L.P. will be hosting a dinner to honor the service of the law enforcement officers who lost their personal battles and died by suicide. Please join us as we welcome 150 family members to honor and remember their loved ones for the way they lived.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact sponsor@wearebluehelp.org.


If you have lost a law enforcement officer to suicide, please register them with us so we can honor their service.

Conference Flyers

Please download a flyer to post at your organization or email it to those you think may be interested.

Twin Falls Flyer (pdf)


Twin Falls Endorsements


Twin Falls Sponsors