Hero Haven is a safe place for first responders to find mental health support

DEWITT, Iowa (KWQC) – Hero Haven is a safe place where first responders can find connection and encouragement.

Hero Haven, based in DeWitt, is organized by four mental health consultants and 8 trained mental health moderators who all serve as local volunteer firefighters and/or paramedics to serve and protect communities.

Chet Hippler, one of the founders, and Mary Sandry, owner and manager of Sandry Fire Supply, discuss the program and raise awareness of the needs of this organization. All firefighters, EMS, police and dispatchers are welcome.

First responders can suffer from PTSD due to trauma suffered in the line of duty. The psychological repercussions lead to higher incidences of divorce, anger issues, isolation, confinement, and even suicide when these people don’t get the help they need. For example, the National Institute of Mental Health says 37% of firefighters and EMTs have considered suicide, 10 times the rate for the average American.

Hero Haven provides services that can help local first responders — in both Iowa and Illinois — through monthly Hero Meetups at Sandry Fire Supply.

For more information, visit the website at www.hometownherohaven.com/ or call 563-212-8318.

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