Mental health program for First Responders

PINEDALE – The Sublette Prevention Coalition, Fremont County Prevention Program and Sublette County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a one-day training program to help first responders learn mental health coping skills titled “The Pain Behind the Badge: Winning the Battle.”

The event is on Friday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Pinedale Library Lovatt Room at 155 S. Tyler Ave.

The program is free and available only to First Responders – police, corrections, fire, EMS, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Game and Fish, Forest Service and clinic providers among others – civilian employees at these agencies and spouses and significant others.

This powerful and motivating presentation is a very effective tool used to help first responders, fire, hospital and military personnel, civilian employees and spouses and significant others deal with tragedies commonly referred to as “critical incidents.” Critical incidents include terrorist attacks, teen/school violence, mass casualty incidents, active shooters or any violent act that creates a victim or violent situation.

The program is also effective in helping the same personnel deal with daily stressors associated with their chosen careers that can and often do result in career-ending actions such as PTSD, depression, cumulative stress, domestic violence, failed relationships, alcoholism, substance abuse and even suicide.

The scheduled presenters are Tracie Paris, RN, BSN, and Sgt. Clarke Paris. Paris is the creator and producer of the award-winning documentary film on police stress and suicide, “The Pain Behind the Badge.” He is the author of “My Life For Your Life,” also about police stress and suicide, and the children’s book, “Daddy, I Worry About You.”

To register for the event, please contact Sublette County Prevention Coordinator Trisha Scott at 307-749-5004 or [email protected].