First Responder Mental Health Conference

Thank you all for attending this year’s First Responder Mental Health Conference!

DRS Managing Partner Shawn Howd gives opening remarks.
Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner presents on the St Michael’s House Project.
Sgt Michael Paulus discusses how to get stakeholders in the same room.
Parking On Campus:
Our LUMC campus has a visitor Parking On Campus:
Our LUMC campus has a visitor parking garage. Parking in the garage costs $5 for
the day. Parking Garage A, off of ā€œCā€ Street will get you closest to the Center for
Translational Research & Education (CTRE) Bldg.

Off Campus:
Parking is available across the street from the Hospital, at the Miller Meadow Cook
County Forest Preserve. Parking is free but first come, first serve.

Check-In & Breakfast begins at 7am, with Opening Remarks starting promptly at 8am.

Chicago is experiencing an epidemic of suicides among the public safety community. Currently, the rate of  death by suicide among Police, Fire and EMS has surpassed the amount killed while on-duty. 

Disaster Ready Solutions has pledged to work towards reducing the stigma of PTSD among Public Safety professionals and bringing Subject Matter Experts together to work towards a common goal: Exposing the Roadblocks and Creating Solutions.

We are teaming up with Loyola University Medical Center and the Bensenville Police Department to create a conference focused on Fire Responder Mental Health. This conference discusses the challenges of mental health behind the uniform, Suicide Awareness, what we can do to change the stigma, and actionable programs that combat PTSD, depression and stress.

Our conference is open to 1st responders, Police, Fire, EMS, Military, Veterans, Corrections, Dispatchers, Chaplains, Hospital staff, Mental health professionals, Clinicians and all who work in public safety field.