The 100 Club of Arizona is offering two mobile apps, sponsored by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, to help first responders find mental health resources from a distance, as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The Bulletproof app for all sworn officers, non-sworn/professional staff and family members is available now, free of charge, for any iPhone or Android device. It is available via the App Store or Google Play
Fireproof, an app for all sworn firefighters, non-sworn fire department staff and family members, will be available via the App Store or Google Play next month.
A special, department specific code is required to access the apps. First responders and their families can request the code from their agency’s wellness coordinator.
“Recent studies have found we’re losing more first responders to suicide than in the line of duty,” said Angela Harrolle, 100 Club of Arizona CEO. “In Arizona, we lost 12 first responders to suicide in 12 months beginning in 2019. That’s why getting easy access to resources into the hands of first responders is so important to us at the 100 Club.”
A recent study by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that the rate of post-traumatic stress and depression can be up to five times higher for police officers and firefighters than for the general public.
The Bulletproof and Fireproof apps provide comprehensive information, resources and referrals to help users with their mental health, physical goals, relationships and long-term financial stability. There is a Telehealth option for those who prefer to speak to a provider remotely – this option is especially needed for those who work odd hours, live in rural locations or who are currently quarantined. The private, confidential apps are available to users 24/7.
“The Bulletproof app from the 100 Club of Arizona goes over and above in the number and types of resources provided,” said Jerald Monahan, chief of police at the Yavapai College Police Department. “This app was built with the understanding of how hard it is for first responders who are always going to the rescue to acknowledge when they need rescued.”
There are 12 categories under which users can find additional information, wellness tips, resources, self-assessments and directories of therapists, peer support members or chaplains.
The resource categories include:
The Bulletproof and Fireproof apps were paid for by a generous grant from the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation.
The 100 Club of Arizona is a philanthropic group that supports more than 50,000 firefighters, public safety officers, first responders, and their families throughout the State of Arizona. Learn more at: 100club.org.