First Responders Interest Group
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Illinois Association for Supporting First Responders

The mission of the Illinois Association for Supporting First Responders (IASFR) is to expand knowledge concerning prominent factors present in the first responder culture including, but not limited to, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, diverse somatic issues resulted from work-related stress, marital/relationship issues, sub-cultures of each field, field-specific work responsibilities that can impact first responder wellness and that differentiate first responders from civilians. LGBT and gender issues in the first responder culture, and high suicide rate of first responders provide research opportunities for this population, increase available professional first responder trainings, and create collaborative partnerships between mental health providers and first responders.


Group Leader:  Dr Kristy McKiness


Interested in Joining?  Please complete the form below.