The Responder Alliance
Our mission is to advancing the national conversation on stress injury formation and recovery in responders of all types. We do this by connecting responders, professionals, and organizations with resources, education, and trainings formulated on good science. We believe that strong organizational vitality leads to resilient responders. We believe that responders who are equipped to support each other and themselves are the best resource in preventing and mitigating stress injuries that occur in the field.
"Supporting Responders in living sustainable, effective and rewarding lives."
We work with:
Search and Rescue
National Park Service
Emergency Medical Services
Humanitarian Aid and Disaster
What we do:
We are an alliance of responders working together to offer support and innovation in the national conversation on stress injury formation and mitigation, and ultimately, responder and organizational vitality.
As leaders in their own response fields, our ambassadors have a firm knowledge of stress injury formation, how stress injuries relate to their communities and are proactively engaged with the national conversation on mitigation.
Through education, trainings, and advocacy our Ambassadors are equipped to support your organization and community in exploring this topic.
What is Stress Injury?
Stress injury is the term used by the military in Combat and Operational Stress First Aid and adopted by many first responder agencies to describe occupational injuries that occur in the presence of overwhelming stress and exposure to psychological stress in the line of duty (professional or volunteer).
While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often used synonymously with stress injuries, occupational stress injuries occur on a continuum, with both early and late changing effects of stress exposure. PTSD often represents later changing reactions.
Early changes of stress in the arc of the career may include a change from earlier engagement, wanting to avoid or dreading work, starting to isolate, loss of vitality, loss of creativity or desire to engage.
Anyone can be injured. Like other injury types, stress injuries are best supported when recognized early and mitigated.
We’re here to offer tools and a community of support.