Organizations launch a national speaking tour to combat stigma surrounding PTSD

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Nov. 30, 2023) – Hope For The Warriors and CopOp, LLC, are partnering on a nationwide speaker series to provide training and education to help reduce the number of veteran and first responder suicide victims through early intervention.

The goal of the series is to reduce the stigma around post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and enable first responder and corporate training in PTSD, stress, and mental health first aid.

The speaker series will utilize the expertise of Kathleen Chard Ph.D. and retired Cincinnati police sergeant Dave Corlett, trained professionals in teaching the signs and causes of PTSD, to provide first responders and corporations with the ability to recognize transitional or PTSD. The team will provide a block of training tailored to the specific needs of each audience.

“We’re honored to work with Dr. Chard and Dave to expand the ways that Hope For The Warriors assists military families across the county,” said Robin Kelleher, CEO and co-founder of HOPE. “We at HOPE have been in awe of their work in the veteran community for many years. We believe through education we can make a lasting and life-saving impact for service members, veterans, their families, first responders and more.”

Corlett, the founder of CopOp PTSD resilience trainings, is an U.S. Army combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War and spent the last 31 years with the Cincinnati police department as a patrol officer and supervisor where he formed the nationally recognized Military Liaison group. In addition, he was an instructor with the Hamilton County Mental Health Crisis Teams and has worked with the Cincinnati court system and VA.

“I know from first-hand experience what it’s like to enter stressful and dangerous situations as a first responder,” said Corlett. “As a veteran and retired police officer, I know it’s always better to go into an environment being fully prepared for whatever might come your way. That is exactly what we’re aiming to do with our speaker series in training first responders in how to embrace situations with those battling PTSD or other stress-related factors and how to help them move forward with the next steps. This training can literally be a lifesaver.”

Chard, internationally known on the assessment and treatment of stress related disorders including PTSD, has provided training for first responders and their family members about the biology of stress, how to effectively manage responses to stress and how to seek help when stress is impairing work or family functioning. She was previously awarded $20 million dollars in funding to research stress epidemiology, assessment and treatment in veterans, first responders and civilians.

She is the associate chief of staff for research and director of the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Chard is also a professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the UC Health Stress Center at the University of Cincinnati.

“We’re honored to pull all of our expertise together with Hope For The Warriors to launch this national speaker series,” said Chard. “We know the power of educating the civilian community to understand the needs of those battling PTSD and/or stress. Knowing the signs, causes and responses can help prepare first responders, and even those in the corporate community, to better serve their communities.”

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Media Contact:

Erin McCloskey
Hope For The Warriors
(336) 207-5222

About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a foundation of stability, strength and community for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 159,000 through a variety of support programs focused on providing financial, career and educational stability; physical and emotional strength; and social support that builds community. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded 232 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.orgFacebookTwitterInstagram or LinkedIn.