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Our Initiatives

Raising awareness, providing creative outlets and personalized peer support, and funding research-based trauma treatment. This is how we do our part to extinguish PTSD in the first responder community. All made possible thanks to our generous donors and supporters. 

Statistics surrounding first responders' mental and emotional well-being are understated and underreported but continue to be damning.

According to a 2020 article published by Dr. Holly Kennedy-Hansen, as well as data from a 2021 study concerning first responder mental health and wellness:​

  • 85% of first responders say they have experienced symptoms related to mental health conditions.

  • 57% fear negative repercussions for seeking treatment.

  • 40% fear being demoted or fired for seeking treatment.

  • 70% of first responders say mental health services are seldom or never utilized.

  • First Responders are 5x more likely to experience depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • Police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.

  • Evidence suggests that peer-focused interventions may be preferred to other forms of interventions in high-risk occupations.

Former first responders designed our initiatives to help this silently struggling population be more than just another statistic. Through our initiatives, we strive to raise awareness, provide a safe space for creative expression, and work towards extinguishing PTSD in the first responder community. By supporting this critical population, you are helping to create a safer, better-served community and society.

Ways to support our work

One -Time or Recurring Donation

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Paintings and merchandise to go along with your donation.

Check Donation

Mail us a check at:

11 Orchard Ave

Barrington, RI 02806

Memo: Authentic Abstraction First Responder Foundation

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