Futures launches the Hero’s Ascent Veterans and First Responders Program to treat military veterans and first responders for trauma, mental health, and substance use disorders. Military personnel, police, firefighters, emergency medical providers, and other frontline workers are at high-risk for anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and face epidemic rates of suicide. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, thirty percent of first responders develop mental health and substance use problems. The US Department of Veterans Affairs reports 16.8 veteran suicides daily — 1.5 times more than non-veterans. The Ruderman Family Foundation finds that police and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.
Although behavioral health problems and suicide are endemic to military and first responder communities, fear of job loss, difficulty trusting others, deeply ingrained cultural stigma, and a lack of specialized care providers makes it hard for these professionals to seek treatment. Futures Recovery Healthcare created a panel of expert veterans, advocates, and researchers called the Hero’s Ascent Advisory Board to ensure that its program is relevant, effective, and overcomes the barriers that prevent military veterans and first responders from accessing care. Hero’s Ascent Advisory Board members are actively involved with the treatment program and provide counsel, education, and guidance to the program’s clinicians and patients.
The Hero’s Ascent Veterans and First Responders Program is designed to help military veterans and first responders feel safe and addresses one of their most challenging mental health threats — untreated trauma.
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