Thank You for Visiting the 911 Wellness Foundation
We are the 911 industry’s only organization exclusively devoted to fostering optimal well-being and peak performance of the Very First Responder.
On behalf of the 911WF Board of Trustees, I’m grateful that you’ve taken the time to visit and we hope you’ll explore each of our pages via the tabs above. We’ve revised our blog to optimize its value. By scrolling down you can enjoy watching a few quick videos made by 911WF’s Rich Thacker in which I explain the Foundation’s unique value to specific 911 stakeholder groups. (A complete library of our videos can be found by clicking the 911WFVideos tab above. This is a work in progress.) Scrolling further down on this page, you’ll also find brief descriptions of new blog pages including 911 Wellness News, Building your CSMPs, and Personal Stories of 911 Professionals.
Thanks so much for joining us! Please share our blog with all those you believe would appreciate the Foundation’s work and the chance to be a part of our mission. And please visit our 911WF Facebook Page. Just log on and respond to the prompt to join. Our FB Administrator will promptly approve your request so you can begin reading and joining in on all the great conversations right away.
I welcome your emails! 911Wellness@live.com. Thanks much, and enjoy!
Jim Marshall, chair/ceo
Together we’re charting a course for Resilience & Well-Being of the Very First Responder in the Next Generation PSAP. Click on the titles below to watch videos and learn more. Then email us to explore becoming a 911WF Partner!
Note: in the videos above for EMDR Therapists and Health Science Professionals, reference was made to Northern Illinois University’s Michelle Lilly, Ph.D. and early data from her newest study (not yet unpublished) suggesting that 25-30% of telecommunicators acknowledged symptoms consistent with the diagnosis of PTSD. Now, with data from more than 700 telecommunicators, this suspected PTSD rate has stabilized at approximately 22% (personal correspondence with J. Marshall, 3.19.14). This rate is three times higher than an estimated 7% for PTSD among the general public in the U.S. and is three percent higher than our Viet Nam veterans’ lifetime estimated rate of 19%, (from Correlates of Utilization of PTSD Specialty Treatment Among Recently Diagnosed Veterans at the VA. See http://psychiatryonline.org/data/Journals/PSS/4322/pss6208_0943.pdf. Last accessed 4.26.14.)
NEW 911WF BLOG PAGES
This page covers all significant events involving or affecting the Foundation, such as these articles:
- 911 Wellness Foundation and the National Emergency Number Association Establish Official Alliance, by Jim Marshall, July 7, 2014
- 911WF and the Texas Chapter of NENA Also Establish Official Alliance, By Jim Marshall, July 7, 2014
Visit this page now.
We’re also delighted to offer our readers two more new pages that will add real value in your effort to contribute to our Foundation’s mission. These new pages include…
This page introduces 911 leaders to the NENA Standard on Acute/Traumatic and Chronic Stress Management (NENA STA-002) and offers resources to assist North American 911 centers in implementation of their Comprehensive Stress Management Programs (CSMP) called for in the Standard. Visit this page now.
On this page you’ll find captivating stories written by 911 Professionals that help bring you in touch with the people who have lived the life of the Very First Responder. The purpose of these stories is not to sensationalize, cause alarm or invoke pity for 911Pros: it is to help their peers to know that they are not alone, and to inspire respect and boost commitment among all 911 stakeholders to join us in serving this remarkable group of human beings who serve us all each day. Visit this page now.
Again, thanks so much for investing your time to explore 911WF. We hope you’ll become a part of us! Feel free to email me: Jim Marshall, 911Wellness@live.com.