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Mental Health Training for
First Responder Leaders

Helping first responder leaders learn supportive strategies that improve employee mental health and well-being. This first responder leader training includes:

  • Evidence-based content developed by occupational health experts

  • Self-paced, online learning that takes about one hour

  • Two-week behavior tracking tool designed to reinforce learning

  • Downloadable tools and resources for those who want to learn more

This training responds to important workplace needs

Not all wounds are visible.


First responders face challenging, dangerous, and draining situations. The community relies upon them for protection, help, and support during and after a disaster. These essential and strenuous duties put them at an increased risk of trauma.


High stress work takes its toll in ways that are hard to see. Even when it’s clear that something is wrong, the stigma surrounding mental health means many put off or resist getting help.


Supervisors are well-positioned to notice changes in team members, but few know how to recognize the warning signs or how to respond appropriately.

Fireman stressed
Paramedic in Uniform

This evidence-based training helps supervisors support first responders.

The one-hour, online Mental Health Training for First Responder Leadersoriginally developed for active duty military, has been customized to the unique needs of first responder leaders, training them with tangible skills to:

  • Effectively support team members’ mental health.

  • Recognize and respond to warning signs of distress in ways that are appropriate and actionable.


The training has been rigorously tested, resulting in improvements in:

  • Leader knowledge of mental health and supportive behaviors.

  • Employees’ sense of support at work.

  • Employees’ sense of belonging within their teams.

Research and program development was led by occupational health experts.

Leslie B. Hammer, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Applied Research and Professor in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University and the Co-Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, one of 10 centers of excellence in Total Worker Health® funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. 

Jennifer Dimoff, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, as well as an affiliate faculty member at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Dimoff co-developed the Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT), one of the first scientifically evaluated mental health training programs for workplace leaders to demonstrate ROI.


Flexible options for every organization 

Training Seats

Purchase the number of seats you need with no minimum order.


  • Ideal if you have less than 150 leaders

  • Easy online learner access

  • Two-week behavior tracking application

  • Downloadable tools and resources 

  • Administrative Guide


Outside Oregon                      $50/seat

In Oregon                                 FREE 

*Oregon first responder agencies have free access to the training. If your organization qualifies, please contact us at

Training Files

Purchase the source files for use on your own learning management system.


  • Ideal if you have more than 150 leaders

  • Branding and customization

  • Two-week behavior tracking application

  • Downloadable tools and resource

  • Administrative Guide 

All organizations                    $25,000

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Ready to improve mental health in your first responder organization?

We'd love to answer any question you have.

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