Tex. Nonprofit Offers PTSD Counseling to First Responders
Apr. 24—First responders are called to multiple scenes on a daily basis, not knowing what to expect, but with the main mission to save injured parties and serve the community.
To help deal with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and relationship issues to name a few, the Emergency Chaplain Group is a nonprofit organization that provides counseling services to first responders.
In order for the Emergency Chaplain program to continue its efforts in Montgomery County and surrounding communities, a fundraiser, "Shoot Clays—Save Lives Clay-Shooting Tournament," will take place at Blackwood Gun Club Friday, April 27, starting at 10 a.m. at 1400 FM 2854 in Conroe.
Registration remains open until the event for any teams interested in participating and raising money for a good cause.
"Our chaplains serve EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers and dispatchers and their families," J.C. "Skip" Straus, BCC and chaplain emeritus of Emergency Chaplain Group, stated in a release about the event. "We work closely with first responders at the scene of an accident and afterward to cope with the horrific events they witness, such as child fatalities, teenage suicide or the deadly effects of drunk driving."
According to event organizers, the Emergency Chaplain volunteers have worked as first responders, which means they have experienced similar situations and feelings.
"We understand that it is difficult for first responders to separate themselves from their feelings and 'turn it off' at the end of the shift," event organizer Laurie Clifton said.
The mission statement of the Emergency Chaplain group is "to come alongside first responders who experience extraordinary human events daily and to offer them emotional and spiritual support services" with the slogan, "In the most critical time of need, they help you. Then, we help them."
In addition to the clay shooting fundraiser, the Emergency Chaplain program hosts a gala in the fall. The funds from both events benefit the program, which enables them to be more proactive about suicide prevention by teaching awareness classes at local fire academies and plan a weekend retreat for first responders and their spouses where they focus on the first responder marriage and hope to eventually establish spouse support groups.
"The Emergency Chaplain Group is grateful for the communities' ongoing support," Straus said. "It is with your generous donations that lives are changed forever, and we hope your generosity will extend into this event."
For more information, visit www.emergencychaplain.org or call 855-4-EM-CHAP (855-436-2427).