The psychological well-being and satisfactory adjustment to society along with the ordinary demands of life is an essential concern for us here at Watson Inc. One way that we can contribute to a positive outcome in this field is work with exemplary companies like K-9 First Responders. To quote K9 First Responders, “K9 First Responders, Inc. (K9FR) is a Critical Incident Mental Health Support (CIMHS) organization. K9FR Teams bridge the gap between a traumatic event and the connection to mental health services. K9FR is a compassionate presence leveraging the human-canine bond helping restore a person’s emotional and cognitive equilibrium. The first contact with an impacted individual is important. The first contact managed in a respectful and compassionate way can help establish an effective helping relationship and increase the person’s receptiveness for further help.”
The K9FR Teams are trained in psychosocial supports assisting victims of disaster, catastrophe, crisis or violence. K9FR serve the communities and individuals as well as Police, Fire, EMS and other Public Safety Personnel. A principal factor in this team working efficiently is communication. This June 2017, Watson donated Amazon gift cards, which K9FR used to purchase 12 radios and one base station. K9FR used them at such events as this years Boston marathon. Response time now has a head start and communication is effortless. Brad Cole, Senior Coordinator: Operations, Logistics, Inter-Agency and Public Relations Liaison writes “The radios we purchased with your Amazon Gift Cards have been a huge help. Makes communications much easier and less stress running operation across a large area.”
If you would like to volunteer or donate to the K9 First Responders, please visit https://k9fr.org/contact/ for more information.