Second Chance Outdoors - Our motivation to help
PASSIONATE ABOUT SERVICE
The Mission: Empower our nation's Veterans, First Responders and their families through the outdoors. To provide resources, education, and community.
We believe that through this mission we can impact our nations hero's lives in a life-changing way.
A not-for-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to serving active and retired law enforcement officers and their loved ones by providing CONFIDENTIAL 24/7 trained retired officers for callers that are dealing with various stressors law enforcement careers encounter both on and off the job. Whether it is just a "bad day" or a crisis we are here to listen. We are able to assist with a referral to a culturally competent mental health professional.
Afte Since our inception, Reviving Responders have been dedicated to making a positive change to the culture of EMS. Our group started as a project assignment fro an Ambulance Service Manager course, but it has blossomed into a group who is dedicated to change the culture of EMS. Suicide rates for EMS personnel are on a steep rise in our country as well as many others around the world. We set out to find out the root causes of this trend. Through a survey we had significant success with determining some of the underlying cause of why EMS are predisponsed to choosing suicide as a coping mechanism with stress, but we want to do more...We want attempt to find and fix holes in the support system and the culture of EMS that has lead to our darket hour.
After Our Mission is to bring awareness to the high rates of mental health issues in first responders and reduce them. Eliminate the stigma that prevents people from admitting these issues and asking for help. Educate first responders on self care and peer care and advocate for systemic change in how mental health issues are addressed by first responder agencies.
Recent media coverage has drawn attention to programs that facilitate hiking for veterans on national scenic trails, such as the Pacific Crest Trail or the Continental Divide Trail (Haskel 2014, Langley 2014). Accounts also cite the success of programs offering adventures for veterans such as river rafting or rock climbing (Siber 2019) or more contemplative activities such as fly-fishing (Adams 2019).
Second Chance Outdoors programs provide veterans and first responders with opportunities for outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership and employment skills, stewardship, mindfulness, wilderness therapy, and other opportunities.