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“We are caught in a cycle of trauma. We recognise that police are often traumatized, and that they ALSO can inflict trauma on others through their work. There is much healing needed to reconcile this difficult situation. It will need a different approach, mindset and way of thinking. But we believe change can happen.” – Marcina Hale

Healing in the face of trauma

There are over 25 million first responders in the U.S., working at the forefront of every disaster - and millions more who are currently retired. Police, paramedics, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians are there for us at life’s toughest moments., yet, when exposed to repeated traumas they often find themselves alone and dealing with PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, and hopelessness. It’s a shocking fact that police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.

Stigma around mental health conditions is a serious barrier to people seeking help, and even when treatments are soughts, it’s clear that they are not adequately helping people cope – let alone heal and thrive.

85% of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health conditions

5x more likely to
experience PTSD

10x more likely to attempt suicide than other American adults*

There is hope. We are excited by the potential of promising medicines and therapies – including transformational medicines like psychedelics. We are here to help first responders, both to get the support they deserve and to change the systems they work in.

How we’re helping

We bring together first responders to share their stories and insights into the cycles of trauma and to get to know others on the same journey. Rather than solely diagnosing and medicating, we take a whole-person approach to transformation.

We educate people on the historical global context of the war on drugs, current research into transformational medicines, and share  information on how (and where) they can be accessed legally.

We work with individuals and organizations within the first responder community, policy makers, nonprofit and for-profit businesses as well as funders to create change in the perspectives and direction of our current systems.

Learn more about our programs and initiatives

First Responder Family Convenings

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We recognize that not only are first responders affected by chronic stress and trauma, but their families also pay a significant price. By bringing families into the conversation we support systemic healing.


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Reconsider will collaborate with organizations to provide opportunities for psychiatrists, therapists, and other healthcare professionals to learn how to work with transformational medicines including psychedelics, with a specific focus on the first responder community.