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Academy Hour and Lighthouse Health & Wellness Partner to Bring FREE Mental Health Technology and Training to First Responders

Date:Tuesday May 4, 2021

Academy Hour and Lighthouse Health & Wellness have partnered to bring first responders a variety of no-cost, absolutely free mental health resources.

Academy Hour provides mental health training and support resources for First Responders and emergency response personnel. Lighthouse Health & Wellness is a public benefit corporation dedicated to ensuring that all public safety agencies have the ability to provide their employees and those that support them with confidential and anonymous access to health and wellness information.

The partnership between Academy Hour and Lighthouse strengthens and expands the individual capabilities of each. “We do not want cost to ever be an obstacle to departments and personnel when it comes to mental health technology and training,” said Amy Morgan, Founder and CEO of Academy Hour.

At the foundation of Lighthouse Heath & Wellness’ efforts is the Lighthouse Core program, consisting of free access to the Lighthouse Health & Wellness library and a no-cost custom mobile application tailored specifically to the needs of each participating agency. The wellness library includes content covering a number of topics including personal wellness, mental health, physical fitness, financial fitness, substance use and addiction, self-assessments, training, therapist-finder, chaplain connection and more.

Academy Hour offers an extensive free mental health training catalog for First Responders. Additional offerings include a peer support team training and certification program as well as cultural competency training and certification for clinicians who want to work with First Responders. Academy Hour also provides further support resources for First Responders including online support groups, peer support services and options for on-site and online mental health training programs.

Lighthouse will immediately begin offering the Academy Hour library of no-cost classes directly to participating agencies and will soon include counselors with the Academy Hour’s Certified First Responder Counselor (CFRC) designation in it’s nationwide therapist directory.

Academy Hour will be launching Lighthouse-powered mobile applications to support their students, counselors and peer support teams. They will also incorporate training on how to use mobile technology to bridge the awareness gap and break down the stigma that exists around first responders reaching out for assistance.

“Working with Amy & Academy Hour will allow us to expand the no-cost content we provide our agencies,” said Joe Ramirez, Founder & CEO of Lighthouse Health & Wellness. “Just as important, I’m excited that Amy will now be a resource behind the scenes for Lighthouse as we seek to grow our content base and resource library. She adds the culturally competent clinical muscle to ensure our technical and operational strengths are put to their highest and best use.”

About Lighthouse Health & Wellness

Lighthouse Health & Wellness is a public benefit corporation with a mandated mission of ensuring that every public safety agency in the United States can provide its employees and their families with confidential and anonymous access to health and wellness resources. Lighthouse Health & Wellness accomplishes this by providing mobile app and web portal platforms that provide our nation’s first responders private access to culturally competent, cutting edge health and wellness information and resources. Lighthouse Health & Wellness was formed through parent company Apex Mobile‘s work in creating mobile and app-based communications for law enforcement and public safety agencies throughout the US. For more information about Lighthouse Health & Wellness and their first responder health and wellness programs call 949-305-7008 or go to lighthousehw.org.

About Academy Hour

Academy Hour’s mission is to provide valid, practical, relevant, and supportive mental health education which will help Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders gain resiliency, longevity, and overall well-being, on- and off-the job. Through the Academy Hour First Responder training catalog, the Certified First Responder Counselor clinician training & certification program, the Certified Peer Support Leader & Teammates programs, online First-Responder-only support groups, Cease Fire Academy train-the-trainer program, and many other online and on-site training programs, Academy Hour strives to serve public safety personnel so that they are more able to serve the public and live safe, healthy lives.

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