ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona nonprofit releases mental health app for first responders

Sep 27, 2019, 11:45 AM

PHOENIX– An Arizona nonprofit is making mental health care more accessible to first responders through the rollout of its Bulletproof app.

“Arizona first responders are in critical need of hands-on, confidential tools to help connect them with the most up-to-date wellness services,” 100 Club CEO Angela Harrolle told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Thursday.

Their goal is to get first responders what they need quickly and privately through the app, which be fully operational by the end of October.

“Our hope is that having it be anonymous will allow first responders to feel more comfortable in reaching out for help,” Harrolle said.

“Whether they are law enforcement or firefighters, they don’t want to walk into the health unit. … Sometimes they’re even scared to use their own agency’s resources because they don’t want to be tracked.”

Harrolle believes first responders are worried about the stigma that is attached to mental health.

First responders will be able to log into the app with only a few necessary requirements, including what department and agency they work for.

“We want to be able to know if we see several police officers or firefighters requesting help in a certain department than maybe that agency needs to pour more resources in that area,” Harrolle added.

The app will be available for families of first responders, too, to help them get a better understanding on how to recognize warning signs and find help.

“So whether you need to find a therapist, you can go to a teletherapy finder and say, ‘Find a therapist near me,” Harrolle explained.

The 100 Club said they are also working on creating a specific portion of their app for firefighters seeking mental health assistance, called Fireproof. The date of its arrival has not yet been released.

The nonprofit, along with the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, are honoring Saturday as Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Day.

“Thus far in 2019, the 100 Club has paid benefits to nine families of first responders that have taken their lives,” Harrolle said.

To find out more about the Bullerproof concept, the 100 Club of Arizona recommends the public to check out the website and follow them on social media.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at an event touting a new universal school voucher progra...
Associated Press

Gov. Doug Ducey takes victory lap over Arizona school voucher plan

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and backers of universal school vouchers took a victory lap Tuesday over legislation the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted in June.
18 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@DougDucey)...
KTAR.com

Here’s why a portion of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s new border wall was temporarily knocked over

Within days of announcing action to fill in border wall gaps near Yuma, a portion of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's new barrier was temporarily knocked over Monday morning. Here's the explanation from the governor's office.
18 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@MaricopaVote)...
Kevin Stone

3-vote margin triggers automatic recount in Maricopa County primary race

One race in the Maricopa County’s recent primary election was so close that it triggered an automatic recount under state law.
18 hours ago
(Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Newsmakers)...
Associated Press

Battles rage in Arizona courts over 3 voter initiatives

Proponents of three voter initiatives who each turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures last month to qualify them for the November ballot are trying to beat back legal challenges that could prevent them from going before voters.
18 hours ago
Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said Arizona needs “to have a comprehensive plan” fo...
Kevin Stone

Kari Lake, Arizona’s GOP nominee for governor, calls water supply ‘maybe the top issue’

With Arizona facing reduced access to Colorado River water, GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said securing the state’s supply is “maybe the top issue."
18 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Police arrest man after fatal stabbing over lighter in Mesa

Maricopa County Sheriffs arrested a man in Mesa Sunday after he fatally stabbed another man 50 to 70 times in an altercation.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
...
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
Arizona nonprofit releases mental health app for first responders