Founded in 2014 by Sgt. Mike McGrew and Michael A. Hammer, 911 At Ease International serve first responders and their families, including police, fire, paramedics, emergency medical personnel and other essential agencies. Support services are free, confidential, and provided through professional, trauma-informed counselors.
From his 31-year career as a police officer and sergeant, co-founder and executive director Sgt. Mike McGrew knows first hand the dramatic impact of working the front lines as a first responder. The emotional injuries incurred in service are invisible, but no less real and often more damaging than physical trauma. As a result, first responders suffer from staggering rates of alcoholism, divorce and suicide. Worse, services offered through employers are frequently riddled with red tape and tempts those looking for help to look over their shoulders instead. The need for independent professional trauma-informed counseling for those on the front lines is evident.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will My Supervisor Be Notified?
All counseling services are completely confidential unless the law requires divulgence. Supervisors will NOT be notified unless the first responder requests it. Counseling sessions remain confidential between client and the mental health professional.
Why don’t first responders use their insurance to get counseling?
It is rare for trauma trained therapists to accept insurance, and if they do accept insurance, they may not be equipped to deal with the intense issues that first responders face.
How is At Ease funded?
At Ease services are funded through the generosity of the community, foundations, corporate sponsorships, union and other grant support.