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Mental Health Awareness for First Responders

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Date(s) - February 22
8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Wheeler High School – Auditorium
587 West 300 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385
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About The Event

Presented by South Haven Fire Department

Sponsored by Wheeler High School, North Shore Health Centers, and 1-800-Board-up

This training is geared towards all 1st responders, police, fire, military/veterans, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired 1st responders, spouses, professional staff, hospital staff, and all who work in the public safety field.

South Haven Fire Department presents a one-day class of education and networking for improving the mental health and wellness of our first responders. By discussing the real 21st Century issues that are consistently facing our first responders and their families, this class will provide awareness, resources, and action items to combat PTSD, depression, suicide, addiction, stress, anxiety, and overall mental health.

The class will address matters that impact the personal and professional lives of first responders and their family members through dynamic and engaging presentations for the entire first responder community. This one-day class is unique in that your spouses or significant others who support you are invited to come learn with you.


Stephen Coover has been in the fire service for 29 years. Currently he is a Captain with the Bloomington (IN) Fire Department. Additionally, he is a Technical information Specialist with Indiana Task Force 1 FEMA US&R Team. He is a graduate of Indiana University earning a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. Additionally, he is an instructor for the United State Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and is an adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech Community College and for the local technical career center. Currently he is the Chairman of the Indiana Youth Fire Prevention and Intervention Task Force. He has been a speaker at the Fire Department Instructors Conference International. He has been a guest instructor on emergency preparedness in Japan. Since June 2013, Coover has received focused specialized training from the Israeli Defense Forces Home Front Command National Rescue Unit. The Israeli Defense Forces philosophy focuses on resiliency in order to provide the best chances of prevention and recovery.

Registration: 08:00-09:00 w/morning refreshments

Class: 09:00-12:00

Lunch: 12:00-13:00

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Any questions contact Division Chief Keith T. Austin @