About Us

Our Program

Our Mission

The mission of RISE, NJ First Responders Covid Hope & Healing Helpline, is to provide live Covid crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm to all New Jersey First Responders, including Police, Firefighters, EMS, National Guard, Military and Veterans, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7.

Our Experience

The helpline is built on a foundation established by the Rutgers University National Center for Peer Support, which has provided crisis counseling, peer support, and disaster response support to vulnerable communities for decades. The Center has been nationally recognized for expertise in peer support by the American Psychiatric Association and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury.

Countless numbers of lives across the country have already been positively impacted by the work of the Center, and the numbers continue to rise every day.

Our Goal

Our goal is to empower every caller and help them find natural supports through crisis counseling. We work with them to help find a resolution to whatever challenge they may be facing, regain their sense of purpose, reach their full potential, and continue to have a positive impact on the lives of those around them, evenin the midst of the current pandemic.

Our Team & Services

The RISE team is comprised of first responders, partnered with highly trained behavioral healthcare experts to offer “peer informed” Covid crisis counseling support services. The services offered include:

  • Covid crisis counseling by phone, chat, and email
  • Virtual Resilience & Wellness Webinars
  • Virtual Crisis Counseling Support Groups
  • Access to best and most up to date resource database available

No matter what you are experiencing, what questions you may have, or what you need to address, we are here to provide confidential support, help you find answers, feel connected, and get back on track, so you can move forward in confidence.