Upcoming Events

Annacortes, WA Mar. 20-21, 2019

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Hosted by The Island County Sheriff's Office and Swinomish Tribal Police     


When:  March 20-21, 2019

Time:  0800-1600

Where: Swinomish Casino and Lodge  

12885 Casino Drive 

Anacortes, WA 98221     


Hosted by the Island County Sheriff's Office & Swinomish Police Department

Co-hosted by Code 4 NW and Blue H.E.L.P.


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


Operational Stress and Resilience- Dr. Shannon Meyer, FBI Clinical Psychologist


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


Post Traumatic Growth, A Positive Change - Mike Washington, Seattle Firefighter


The Power of Vision- Sergeant Laura Price, Island County Sheriff's Office


Treating PTSD: What Actually Works-CSW Matt Quakenbush, Deer Hollow Recovery


Responder Resilience- Chris Sutherland and Jeremy Wood, Marysville Police Department


Scholarships available for financial hardships.

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Twin Falls, ID April 11-12, 2019

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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 

Breaking the Silence, Understanding Trauma- Amy Crawford, PhD, LMFT Trauma Specialist- -

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Palatine, IL April 11-12, 2019

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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

Register Now

Washington DC May 11, 2019

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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.

www.wearebluehelp.org

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

Kissimmee, FL

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Improving Your Mental Health and Wellness for First Responders


When:  More information Coming Soon

Time:  0800-1600

Where:  TBD

Kissimmee, FL 

Hosted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office


This two day training is for all first responders, police, fire, military, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired first responders, professional staff, clinicians and spouses who work in or with the public safety field.  (Spouses are encouraged to attend)

The phrase “fit for duty” for public safety professionals has historically only accounted for good physical health for the duties related to one’s job. However, recent evidence-based research indicates that maintaining one’s behavioral health is equally important.  It's no secret that physical and mental stress can have serious consequences on your well being. It shouldn't be surprising, then, to learn that researchers have found that working as a public safety professional can contribute to health problems. To combat the health hazards that come with public safety work, we are providing this training to improve resiliency, your mental health and well-being so you can maintain a enjoyable career and live a healthy life.

More Information Coming Soon!


Scholarships available for financial hardships

Anacortes, WA Endorsements

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Twin Falls Endorsements

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Twin Falls Sponsors

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Kissimmee Endorsements

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Conference Flyers

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