Ask someone to identify a hero, the sort of person who risks his or her well-being to help someone in trouble. They will name people who reach deep into their souls to gather the resolve to deal with fires or medical emergencies, serve in the military, or fight crime. These are examples, and certainly not a complete list. The true question is not, “Who qualifies as a hero?” We must ask who saves the heroes from the consequences of the risks they suffer.
At the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), our mission guides us to help save the heroes from their personal internal struggle. We are not alone in this quest, thus we help save the heroes. This single phrase offers the value of our work; and now we must step up our effort. The ICISF struggled to survive the aftermath of the economic recession of 2008. Many other educational foundations and non-profit organizations withered away. The survival of the ICISF set the stage for specific, positive changes offered in the following paragraphs. Keep reading if you want to know the near and multi-year plans for the ICISF.
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