January 23, 2023

As the war in Ukraine continues, the concern for the mental health of the soldiers and the citizens grows.  Around the world we see evidence of the scars of battle, not only physical, but emotional as well.  One can only imagine the terrors that linger in the minds of those who have faced war head on.  Let’s give our attention to those soldiers, and how to understand and support their mental health and battles with PTSD.


December 19, 2022

Many people say their mental health dips during the holidays. By being mindful of your emotions, connecting with people, setting boundaries and practicing a healthy lifestyle, you can improve your mood this season. Self-care starts with conscious decision-making, especially during busy holidays. By owning your own experiences, you have the opportunity to engage more meaningfully with those around you, and to let go of traditions that may be too stressful. Create a dialogue with family and friends to communicate what you are thinking and feeling ahead of time, and explore together what can be done differently. This will help you to experience the most peace from the joyful season.

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November 15, 2022

This is the time of year many focus on gratitude and appreciation for the people around us.  Family and friends are gathered near and we give thanks for those we love. This month Veterans Day gives us all a chance to recognize military personnel who keep us safe and protected year round. Let’s remember that many of our first responders are veterans as well, and their continued bravery provides security, protection, and peace of mind every day. So let us be thankful for those we may not know personally, but will come to our aid without a second thought, and appreciate the selfless work they do in our communities.

Shields & Stripes helps improve mental health for Veterans, first responders

Young Airman helps to destigmatize mental health

One Marine’s Mental Health Mission

Lowcountry native creates nonprofit for female veterans with mental health struggles

National First Responders Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

Helping the helpers – giving first responders tools they need to cope with tragedy

Painesville First Responder PTSD Memorial honors local heroes, starts dialogue on mental health


October 26, 2022


October 26, 2022

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. gains Crisis Response Canines as a National Strategic Partner

Ellicott City, MD – The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) is excited to announce our strategic partnership with Crisis Response Canines, which provides strength, comfort, and emotional support to individuals, families, communities, and first responders experiencing intense traumatic emotions in the aftermath of critical incidents.

We are pleased to partner with ICISF in our shared goal of caring for our communities impacted by traumatic events. 

“We are committed to expanding our national response to provide strength, comfort, and emotional support in the aftermath of critical incidents through our Animal Assisted Crisis Response/CISM model.”

– Andrea Hering, President Crisis Response Canines, John Hunt, Chief Operations Officer, Crisis Response Canines

Richard Barton, ICISF Chief Executive Officer and staff member Michelle Parks recently attended the Crisis Response Canine luncheon last week, where they met many of the staff and crisis canines. 

“Our strategic partnership with the Crisis Response Canines is an outstanding addition, especially with their recent work throughout the country. They are passionate about sharing the mission of the ICISF, Inc. and the importance of CISM.  We look forward to working with them in the future.

– Rick Barton, The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc., Chief Executive Officer

Crisis Response Canines Deployments

To learn more about our strategic partners, visit our website.  You can also stay up to date with all strategic partnership 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.

Crisis Response Canines

The mission of Crisis Response Canines is to provide strength, comfort, and emotional support to individuals, families, communities, and first responders experiencing intense traumatic emotions in the aftermath of critical incidents.

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.

October 20, 2022

As we recognize Mental Health Month, we see the impact all across the globe.  So many are facing war-either fighting or fleeing, natural disasters and  ongoing ramifications from the pandemic. Let’s focus on strengthening our own mental health, and support those around us.


Mental Health Crisis Among Azerbaijani Veterans

David McKay: Mental health care in a crazy world

Mental Health: Get Support. Take Control. Feel Better

First Responders and Mental Health: When Heroes Need Rescuing

Providing suicide prevention services to first responders

As suicides rise, US military seeks to address mental health

COVID-19 presents an opportunity to strengthen mental health in the Americas



September 14, 2022

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and it is vital that we create a dialogue in our communities to support each other.  When we truly care, and acknowledge that it is okay not to be okay, then we create an environment of empathy and open the lines of communication.

Practicing self-care is a strategy we can all employ to reduce suicidal thoughts and actions. Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, and improve energy.  Regular self-care in which we do the things that make us feel taken care of mentally, physically, and emotionally doesn’t always happen, and we may need to stop and take the time to remind ourselves we are important, too.

August 11, 2022

As the lazy days of summer come to a close, we look forward to a time of new beginnings as the schools reopen.   This year we are hoping that the days of mask wearing in schools are over, and the children can once again play together freely.  College campuses are opening with mandatory vaccinations but optional mask wearing. Children from Ukraine are finding new places and ways to learn.  It is a new normal. Here is how the children, young adults, faculties and staffs are gearing up to support the mental health of all involved in education.

July 18, 2022

There are new efforts to transform the mental health care system and make care easily accessible everywhere in the United States.  This is an opportunity for us all to remember how important mental health is, and with renewed focus, countless lives will be improved and saved.  Here are some ways we can support each other’s mental health.

Military program helps with mental health issues

Canadian soldier to bike 1,000 km from Edmonton to raise PTSD awareness

Sheriff’s Association launches peer-based program to address mental health needs

Surfing to save: Nonprofit uses surf therapy to reach veterans, first responders

Retired S.C. officer bikes for first responder mental health awareness

100 Club of Arizona unveils apps to help first responders with mental health issues

Improving wellness at work: the new front line of mental health care