It’s Our Turn to Give Back

The frontline heroes of Pinellas County are here for our community. Now it's our turn to answer their call and give back to those that give so much to us.

Our Mission

Mental Health for Heroes (HEROES), 501c3 is a charitable organization dedicated to providing services to those that serve us - the frontline heroes of Pinellas County. Our law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics experience traumatic events at an alarming rate and continue to serve willingly for the greater good of their community.

While there are mental health services available to the public at large, there are no programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the law enforcement community. Across the United States, less than 5% of agencies have mental health wellness or suicide prevention programs and of those, even fewer are fully accessible due to an absence of cultural competency and efficacy of interventions. HEROES is designed to better fill that gap in our community with competent providers who have extensive backgrounds in first responder issues and concerns.

Applying holistic care to first responders and their families is critical to ensuring their mental wellbeing on both the work and home fronts. It's our turn to answer their call and give back to those that give so much to us. HEROES is committed to better meeting this need in an impactful way.

30%
Of First
Responders
Develop behavioral health conditions like depression, agressive behavior and PTSD.

Services

360 Counseling

360 Counseling

Headed by Mrs. Cathi Long. Mrs. Long has a 20+ year of service to her country and community, first with the US Navy and the later retiring as a Det. from the Clearwater Police Department. Cathi Long is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MT4017 specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy. She can uncover true potential while addressing difficult situations of the past, while working together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. Cathi has completed level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses this in her work. Cathi is also trained in EMDR and can assist you through trauma-based issues.

Any Pinellas based First Responder can use our funding provided through our program by completing the 360 Counseling patient intake form here:

View Patient Intake Form

Tampa Bay Psychology Associates

Tampa Bay Psychology Associates

Headed by Dr. Brandy Benson, Lead Psychologist of TBPA, has built her practice from the ground up with a focus on First Responders and their care. Dr. Benson is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral health and wellness of First Responders. Her clientele ranges from law enforcement, fire rescue, emergency medical personnel, dispatchers, federal agents, and family members. She has worked closely with various police and fire rescue agencies across the State of Florida, as well as agencies under the Department of Justice and the Department of Corrections.

Dr. Benson's areas of service include crisis intervention, trauma therapy, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) development and provision. She also specializes in fitness-for-duty, pre-employment, post-incident, and psychological clearance evaluations. Most recently, Dr. Benson has been hired by several agencies to assist with consultation and development of Officer Wellness and Safety programs to support increased utilization of mental health services by employees, as well as overall resiliency and prevention efforts of PTSD, Suicide, and other psychological conditions impacting the First Responding Community. Dr. Benson is also a published author on topics of commercialized sexual exploitation of children with the FBI and police suicide.

Any Pinellas based First Responder can use our funding provided through our program by completing the Tampa Bay Psychology patient intake form here:

View Patient Intake Form

Founding Members

Pepin Famil Foundation, Duke Energy, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Vetted Security Solutions, Rays and Rowdies Foundation, Richard O. Jacobson Frank Chaivas Family, Vinik Family Foundation

Board of Directors

Janet C. Long
The Honorable
Janet C. Long
Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
Chair
Bob Gualtieri
Sheriff
Bob Gualtieri
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Vice Chair
Ryan Barnett
Ryan Barnett
President & CEO Vetted Security Solutions
President
Susan Latvala
The Honorable
Susan Latvala
Retired, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
Vice President
Kathryn Gillette
Kathryn Gillette
Retired, CEO Bayfront Health Systems
Secretary & Treasurer
Richard Butler
Richard Butler
Comms and Public Ed Manager, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Board Trustee
Sean Jowell
Sean Jowell
Public Safety Solutions Specialist Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Board Trustee
Mark Postma
Mark Postma
President Patient Care EMS Solutions
Board Trustee
Heather L. Burford
Chief
Heather L. Burford
City of Seminole Fire Department
Board Trustee

Contact

To learn how you can become a supporting member of the Mental Health For Heroes program, or for general information, please fill out the form below and a team member will be happy to assist.