First Responders Supporting First Responders

Free Confidential Group Conversations for First Responder Resilience

VOA|ReST 4 First Responders

VOA|ReST 4 First Responders are free, peer-to-peer small group support sessions designed to help First Responders process feelings of moral discomfort and distress while reclaiming strength and commitment to their profession.

A Peer Support Model Just for First Responders

Virtual Sessions

One-hour group gatherings, held online nearly every day, make it easy to find a session that works with your schedule.

Peers Who Understand

Connect with up to 10 other First Responders who have walked in your shoes.

Trained Facilitators

Experienced First Responder facilitators guide the candid, judgment-free group.

Developed by Volunteers of America (VOA), VOA|ReST 4 First Responders offers a virtual place for First Responders to speak openly and honestly with peers about the challenges and impact of their work.

Using the techniques introduced in VOA’s evidence-based, peer support program for veterans called Resilience Strength Training™, VOA|ReST was created to help frontline care personnel face the extraordinary emotional challenges of their work and circumstances.

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Understanding Moral Distress

When continuously faced with extraordinary circumstances, it is common for First Responders to be left emotionally depleted. Fatigue, isolation, sorrow, frustration, guilt, anxiety, and a sense of inadequacy or failure can be signs of moral dilemma, uncertainty, or distress.

Responding to these feelings paves the way for personal and professional resilience. Talking and listening can make a world of difference. First Responders who engage in peer-led group support are able to rebuild the strength needed to continue their important work without losing sight of their individual self-worth.

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