First Responder Mental Health Conference
Friday, February 23, 2024
Your mental health is important. The mental health of ALL first responders and their families is important. This includes the rookies all the way to the 20+ year veterans. Police officers, firefighters, EMS, dispatchers, and corrections officers experience critical incidents every day. You all are at risk for developing PTSD, stress, and depression. In addition to firsthand trauma, you are also at risk for secondary trauma.
What are your options if you are experiencing symptoms? How does your involvement in critical incidents and traumatic experiences affect your spouse and kids? Would financial stability reduce your stress? As a leader, how do you support your officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and correction officers? We have invited culturally competent speakers (see profiles below) to join us to discuss these important topics.
Backing The Blue - Denton invites you and your spouse/significant other to attend the 5th annual STATUS CHECK - First Responder Mental Health Conference on February 23, 2024 in Denton, Texas. Your registration includes breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day.
Have you checked your status recently?
**Meet the speakers below
TCOLE hours and training certificates available
MEET THE SPEAKERS:
Cathy Bustos, LPC-A
Angels On The Horizon Therapeutic Center
Retired Police Officer
Cathy is an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation approved and certified Group Crisis and Assisting Individuals in Crisis Instructor. She's also a certified trainer on the topic of Law Enforcement Suicide. She's a member of the instructor cadre with Warrior’s Rest Foundation.
Owner/President – FinancialCop, LLC
Retired Police Officer, Grand Prairie PD
Nick is a certified Ramsey Solution Master Financial Coach and has coached hundreds of first responder families through almost every type of financial crisis and scenario possible. He also works with several national first responder nonprofit organizations, focusing on financial wellness for those suffering from PTSD and suicidal thoughts.
Jill Newman, M Ed, LPC-S
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Warriors Rest Foundation
Jill is passionate about implementing both therapeutic and critical incident stress management skills as she works with first responders and their families to find hope and healing in the midst of their traumatic experiences.
John "Blu" Blumenthal
Chief Operating Officer
Warriors Rest Foundation
Blu is a retired MSgt with the Oklahoma City Police Department. He has experienced several critical incidents during his 24.5 year career. All these events led him to seek the help he needed, which in return assisted him in being a healthy officer, a better spouse, father and grandfather.
Blu enjoys sharing his story with officers and their families to help them through their traumatic events.
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