May 12, 2022

In May we recognize Mental Health Awareness nationwide. After two years of dealing with Covid, multiple national disasters and now the Russia-Ukraine war, we look for ways to support each other’s mental health journey. In the USA we also acknowledge May as Military Appreciation month and we celebrate our nurses, our firefighters, our EMS personnel and our police who sacrifice so much for their communities.


May 2, 2022

National Teacher Appreciation Week

This week, May 2-6, 2022, we acknowledge and honor teachers, educators and school administrators.  The ICISF offers several courses and resources for these professions to assist with maintaining resiliency and managing school crises.

ICISF Courses




April 12, 2022

April is known in the U.S. as the Month of the Military Child as designated by the Department of Defense, and it is important to recognize the impact their parents’ service has on them. One of the most significant facts about military children is how resilient they are, and they tend to grow up to be resilient adults.  Resilience is such an important quality to have for good mental health, and we can all learn from their example. Here are some excellent models of what it means to be a Military Child.


March 21, 2022

On February 24, 2022, Russian troops invaded Ukraine.  This war has lasted almost a month already and there is no end in sight.  The mental health impact worldwide of this war on top of the losses due to the pandemic is devastating.  While details of the war are broadcast on daily basis, families in Ukraine are separated at best, and broken, displaced, or extinguished all together at worst.  The toll this war is taking on our mental health is significant and needs to be acknowledged.


February 18, 2022


February 18, 2022

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation gains First H.E.L.P. as a Strategic Partner

Ellicott City, MD – The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) is excited to announce our strategic partnership with First H.E.L.P., which focuses on reducing the mental health and suicide within first responder professions. 

Richard Barton, ICISF Chief Executive Officer, says “The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation is proud to form a strategic partnership with First H.E.L.P. Their mission serves people in a way that is consistent with the objectives of the ICISF. I believe that we will be able to carry out some very meaningful work to support each other. I look forward to the next steps.” 

A chance phone call from a friend  connected me to Kelly Hall, the Business Development Manager of the ICISF, and a few meetings later, both organizations saw the benefit of working together to help first responders across the country manage their own mental health and help their peers when the need arises.” says Jeff McGill, Chief Executive Officer of First H.E.L.P.

The ICISF looks forward to working with First H.E.L.P. throughout this strategic partnership and sharing resources they provide to a variety of crisis responder professions.  We want to personally thank Jeff McGill, Chief Executive Officer, Joe Willis, Chief Learning Officer, and the First H.E.L.P. staff for what they are doing in the lives of these crisis responder professions and their communities.

To learn more about our strategic partners, visit our website.  You can also stay up to date with First H.E.L.P.’s resources and news on our Strategic Partner Content page.

If you or your organization is interested in a strategic partnership with the ICISF, email Kelly Hall, Business Development Manager, at [email protected] or call (443) 325-5218.

Strategic Partner

First H.E.L.P.

It is the mission of First H.E.L.P. to reduce mental health stigma through education, advocate for benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, acknowledge the service and sacrifice and support the families of first responders we lost to suicide, assist first responders in their search for healing, lead policy makers and legislators toward necessary change, and to bring awareness to suicide and mental health issues within public safety.

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.

The mission of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. is to be the leader in providing education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health services to emergency responders, and other professions, organizations and communities worldwide.

January 14, 2022

Law Enforcement Appreciation


In January we take time to appreciate the selfless work of the law enforcement community.  This includes local and state police as well as their families.   Due to the varying tasks and situations these professionals handle each and every day, it is not always possible for them to process events immediately and take care of their personal and mental health.  We can support them by removing the stigma associated with addressing their mental health and wellness, keeping conversations going and offering additional care and treatment without judgement.


December 16, 2021

Self-Care Through the Holiday Season

As the holiday season is in full swing, we are juggling our regular obligations along with all of the additional holiday stressors.  It is important to be mindful of our own self-care so we stay physically and mentally healthy.  With COVID still ever present in our daily life, wellness means so much more than in years past. We urge you to take some time to practice self-care and compassion, in whatever manner nurtures your soul.