Courage Affects Responders Everyday (C.A.R.E), was an idea and dream that started in 2013 and was officially named and created in 2015 by founder and owner Heather Harp. C.A.R.E. obtained its LLC at the beginning of 2018 with a goal of becoming a 501c3 nonprofit in the future.
This idea was ignited when Heather lost a public safety brother and friend to suicide and later faced her own battles from the wear and tear of the job. After years and a crazy number of hours spent on the ambulance, there were many times it became a “confessional box” which shed light on just how many people were truly struggling in silence from the trauma and stresses of the job.
Through a lot of hard work and dedication to making a change, Heather has made her dream a reality through starting an organization that is dedicated to helping other first responders. With a passion so strong and the understanding of the immense need for mental health professionals who understand our individualized culture as first responders, she was inspired to return to school and currently working towards a degree in counseling with a primary focus on helping those who work in public safety.
We understand this topic may be difficult to discuss and may trigger raw emotions or memories, so we want to give you some positivity too! Because balance is important, we want to uplift you through sharing mental health and wellness tips, articles, motivation, inspiration and reminders why it’s always good to find a reason to live, smile, love, laugh, eat that last piece of cake and hug someone!
We are dedicated to finding and providing resources that have experience and cater to public safety, provide mental health education, prevention, and training for individuals and departments that creates a feeling of empowerment on this taboo topic. When we learn the ins and outs of our own mental health, that knowledge becomes power. This knowledge will help us to notice signs of addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD, compassion fatigue, and burnout and to know the resources available to us.
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