First Responders Sound the Alarm

With screenings of this film, The Quell Foundation seeks to normalize the conversation around mental health illnesses and inspire those experiencing distress to both discuss it with their peers and seek help to navigate the challenges they encounter.

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About the Film

Through vivid storytelling, The Quell Foundation’s documentary, First Responders Sound The Alarm, provides insight into the lives of the first responder community, their families, and the lives they touch through their day-to-day work. The film reveals systemic problems with social and cultural stigma, as well as the challenges associated with accessing affordable, effective, and most importantly, competent treatment.

The film addresses how the organizational bias within departments contributes to a negative outlook on seeking mental health care and highlights the need for wider spread, accessible resources. Several of the film’s subjects speak directly to the deleterious effects associated with a severe shortage of mental health care providers who are culturally competent in first responder associated trauma.

Interested in hosting a screening?

We strive to normalize the conversation within our first responder’s communities, train them to recognize mental health crisis warning signs amongst their own and create awareness of the direct correlation between sustained occupational exposure to trauma and the alarming rates of suicide within this population of public servants.

If your organization is interested in hosting a documentary screening and/or training session, please contact Maya Kaufman with the link below.

Cuts Offered

  • Full Length: 60 minutes featuring: Dispatch, Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Surviving spouse, and Clinician 
  • Fire Cut: 40 minutes featuring: Fire, EMS, Dispatch, Clinician
  • Law Enforcement: 35 minutes featuring: Law Enforcement, Surviving Spouse and Clinician