New Partnership to Combat Mental Health Crisis in First Responders

The following press release was originally published on Business Wire.

Lifeologie and Readiness Group Join Forces with the City of Cedar Hill to Combat Mental Health Crisis in First Responders

New program and grant funding will make world-class mental health care services accessible to first responders in nine cities across Dallas-Fort Worth.

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lifeologie, a multi-specialty counseling franchise, today announced a new partnership with Readiness Group, LLC. This partnership will provide quality mental health care to first responders from the nine cities involved in the First Responder Resiliency Pilot Program.

“We are excited to be partnering with Readiness Group to address our shared passion – the growing mental health crisis among first responders,” says Melanie Wells, LPC, LMFT, founder and chief executive officer of Lifeologie.“Lifeologie’s trauma team, led by our senior trauma clinician Chris Jones, LPC-S, provides exceptional mental health care using innovative evidence-based techniques such as EMDR and psychotherapeutic yoga.”

This partnership came to life when Cedar Hill’s first responders saw an overwhelming need for mental health education and mental health care services in their industry. That’s when the city of Cedar Hill reached out to Readiness Group to co-write the First Responder Mental Health Resiliency Program Grant, a $1 million fund dedicated to making quality mental health care services accessible to first responders for Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Lancaster, Mansfield, Midlothian, Red Oak, and Waxahachie.

The First Responder Resiliency Pilot Program will help these nine DFW cities combat today’s mental health crisis in the first responders’ community. Police, fire and dispatch personnel are often vicariously traumatized by the criminal acts they face every day, which can lead to overwhelming feelings of PTSD and anxiety. These diagnoses often go untreated, with first responder suicides beginning to outnumber line of duty deaths¹.

“Readiness Group and the participating cities of the First Responder Resiliency Program are thrilled that Lifeologie has come on board,” says Brenda Tillman, LPC-S, PhD, Owner at Readiness Group, LLC. “It’s great to know that our first responders will receive the highest quality of care from counselors specifically trained in this unique culture and associated trauma.”

In addition to providing funding, this program will help resolve the disconnect between first responders and mental health clinicians since first responders themselves are involved and invested in the First Responder Resiliency Pilot Program. There is a large concern in the first responder community that mental health clinicians do not understand their culture². To ensure this program provides optimal specialized care, Readiness Group will train Lifeologie therapists on the culture of the first responder community.

The First Responder Resiliency Pilot Program has four key initiatives:

  • Educate community first responders on the science of trauma
  • Host a peer support network and regional critical incident response
  • Provide behavioral health and trauma response counseling services at all six Lifeologie DFW locations
  • Compile program data and participant responses to ensure long-term program effectiveness

If you or someone you know is a first responder in Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Lancaster, Mansfield, Midlothian, Red Oak or Waxahachie, visit to explore the benefits of professional mental health care.


²Gulliver, S. B., Pennington, M. L., Torres, V. A., Steffen, L. E., Mardikar, A., Leto, F., … & Kimbrel, N. A. (2019). Behavioral health programs in fire service: Surveying access and preferences. Psychological services16(2), 340.

About Lifeologie: The Lifeologie Institute was founded in 1999 with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional mental health care to individuals, couples, and families. Since its beginning 20 years ago, the Lifeologie Institute has grown into one of the largest, most innovative therapy and training facilities in the country. Lifeologie uses its unique multi-specialty, collaborative approach to help individuals, couples and families heal their wounds and break out of old, unhealthy patterns. A world-class training facility, Lifeologie has produced hundreds of licensed clinicians who practice around the world. Franchised in 2015, Lifeologie has expanded its reach to seven locations in DFW, Austin, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. To learn more about Lifeologie, visit

About Readiness Group: Readiness Group’s focus over the last 20 years has been aligning with first responders, military, and other organizations to change the negative stigma associated with mental health and trauma response. By using a mind-body approach, the RG team educates individuals in the Science of Trauma and develops specific programs that foster a trauma-informed culture at the peer level. The goal for the Organizational Branch of Readiness Group is to bridge the gap between mental health providers and responders by educating both the counselor and the individual seeking counseling. To read more about the Readiness Group mission, visit


About Lifeologie

Lifeologie Counseling was founded in 2000 with one goal in mind — to bring a fresh, innovative approach to the everyday problems of life. Creative solutions to stuck problems®. With our unique multi-specialty, collaborative approach, Lifeologie Counseling helps individuals and families heal their wounds and break out of old, unhealthy patterns.