What is compass?
The Compass project is being designed to provide first responders with tools ahead of time which will improve their ability to deal with high-stress situations in the moment, as well as strengthening their resiliency to process any effects of that stress. These tools will promote both physical and mental wellness, and with the heightened skillset, will address compassion fatigue in first responders. Compassion fatigue surveys and focus groups revealed neglected mental health needs among first responders who deal with frequent overdose calls. We want to engage and assist first responders in developing self-care, training, and mental health resources for overcoming burnout that impacts personal, professional, and community wellbeing.
RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS
There are many ways in which we can measure the success of the Compass project.
- Giving first responders a seat at the table is leading to impactful policy changes and strengthening collaboration between agencies
- Embedding wellness coordinators within first response units is increasing the number of referrals to mental health services
- Self-care tools are being utilized consistently by first responders
- Developing and implementing trainings for first responders are cultivating skills related to wellness and self-care
- Respite activities with families are improving relationships