if you are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to pay for services please contact us.

We do not receive any donations or other financial incentives for directing people to these services.  These professionals have been selected because they are effective to the cause of wellness for first responders and veterans.  If you need a referral or have questions please let us know.

NOTE: Resources marked with our logo are part of our care network, which means we have established contact and partnership with. The remainder are user submitted and we have no ability to vouch for their services.

safe call now

A 24/7 help line staffed by first responders who can assist with treatment options for those suffering with mental health or addiction.

Phone: 1-206-459-3020


share the load

Also known as the Fire/EMS help line.  This program is run by the National Volunteer Fire Council and they offer resources for those looking for assistance.

Phone: 1-888-731-3473


A confidential help line for members of the law enforcement community.

Phone: 1-800-267-5463   Website

Fitness and Healthy Habit Programs

mindful responder - yoga for first responders

Meeting on Wednesday nights in Milford, CT, this program is provided free of charge for first responders and funded through a grant.  It is hosted at the Madison Firehouse.  A typical session is 45 minutes of mindful movement/yoga and 45 minutes of group time.

Facebook - Website - Email

Rebecca Newman, lmt

Rebecca is a first responder in Eastern Connecticut doing massage therapy for first responders and veterans.  Her rates are very reasonable and she is willing to travel.

Phone: 860-705-6568 Facebook


Therapists, Counseling, and Outpatient 

New beginnings behavioral health

Located in Norwich, CT.  We have three providers that work with us; they have also been kind enough to dedicate space for Peer Council meetings.  They have experience and training with trauma, addiction, and various mental health areas including crisis.

Linda Stephens, MSW, LCSW - email

Cara Bartlett, MSW, LCSW - Her full profile is available here - email

Devon Pleau, MS, LADC (Drug and Alcohol Specialist) - email

Phone: 860-383-2507

dr. susan balaban, ph.d

Dr. Balaban has spent her professional career working with first responders and veterans.  She was the clinical director for the Uniformed Services Program a the Brattleboro Retreat and has now moved to private practice.  She provides evidence-based care for a variety of issues and is located in Massachusetts. Her professional profile can be viewed here.

40 Center Street
Suite 8
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
(413) 566-7414

Colleen devine, lmft

Specializing in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), she practices in strength-based therapy with a speciality in trauma work.  She also does work with couples. Her professional profile can be found here.

758 Broad Street Ext. - Waterford, CT 06385

Phone: 860-442-6218 ext. 14

Veteran Oriented Resources

New england veterans alliance

NEVA is a resource for veterans seeking alternative treatment and advocacy.  Managed by veterans, they have resources not found in other places.

Phone: 508-603-NEVA - FaceBook - Email

norwich vet center

A local resource for veterans located in Norwich, CT.  They are able to assist veterans in gaining and utilizing VA benefits and resources.


Veterans crisis line

A crisis line specifically oriented for veterans of the US Armed Services

Phone: 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255

starlight program - stonington institute

The Starlight Program is specifically geared toward combat veterans and helping them deal with trauma and substance abuse.  Separate programs for men and women.


friends of ward 8

The Friends of Ward 8 is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting combat veterans undergoing treatment for PTSD at the Northampton VA Medical Center in Leeds, Massachusetts.  Ward 8 is a six-week, inpatient treatment program designed to educate combat veterans and give them the skills to cope with the psychological, biological, and social realities of living with PTSD.  This program is run by graduates of the Ward 8 program


guardian overwatch

A nonprofit agency with special resources for our veterans.  They are a nation-wide initiative with state chapters and they can assist you with financial needs or whatever else you require.