Most of us will never encounter ONE event that creates PTSD in our lives. However, First Responders can encounter critical, traumatic events on a DAILY basis. Yet, mental health conversations and support can be taboo in their culture.

Our Mission

Foundation 1023 is committed to supporting the emotional and mental wellness of First Responders and their support network who are experiencing illness, loss or stressful life events by providing confidential funding for emotional and mental wellness services, as well as access to peer supported outdoor activities and events designed for personal wellness and connection.

Through public, business and community donations, Foundation 1023 provides positive mental wellness impact for first responders with confidential counseling, peer to peer training and community awareness regarding the need for mental health support in the first responder community.

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Foundation 1023 Board Member, Melody Mesmer, Becomes a Nationally Certified Public Safety Peer Specialist

Melody Mesmer, the first firefighter-paramedic to become a nationally certified Public Safety Peer Specialist providing unparalleled level of peer support to public safety individuals, families, and organizations. Melody completed a combination minimum of 60 hours of training in ethics, wellness, recovery, advocacy, mentoring, and peer education along with additional training in self-harm, suicide prevention and intervention, post-traumatic stress injuries and growth, family, relationships, and communication from Building Warriors Peer Specialist Academy and other sources, a minimum of 200 hours of direct client contact, and participated in routine clinical supervision with Building Warriors to be eligible for certification from the Association of Addiction Professionals as a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. This certification includes a wide variety of experience and education to qualify. 

Melody is a Colorado native that has been in the Fire/EMS industry since 1995 working in rural/ farm communities, urban and mountain medicine for both paid and volunteer agencies. Melody is currently an EMS Coordinator for St Anthony Hospitals where she has worked for the last 12 years, where she offers EMS continuing education, quality improvement, initial education at the St Anthony Paramedic Institute, and supervision at special events.

Law officers resistant to seek emotional help in spite of high stress and dangerous job

DAN DARU |JANUARY 2, 2018 | 6:14 PM

DENVER — It is one of the most stressful jobs in America. Round-the-clock shifts, high divorce rate and it can be very dangerous.

When a fellow police officer is killed, the trauma resonates like a shock wave to those men and women who wear the badge.

For many in law enforcement, seeking help is perceived as a sign of weakness.

“It’s a concern that it will look bad on the record. It’s a concern that they might look bad in front of others, and partly they just don’t realize that counseling can help,” said Dr. Susan Heitler, a clinical psychologist in Denver who has treated many men and women in law enforcement.

Heitler said inroads to emotional help have been made, but there is still a long way to go.

“Emotional trauma response healing should be provided like physical healing is provided routinely for everyone who is out there protecting us and helping us in emergencies,” she said.

    ALL CALL HOCKEY TOURNAMENT benefiting Foundation 1023 and the mental wellness services we offer First Responders and their family members.

    This is a fundraising event!  Please invite friends, family, and coworkers to come watch, play extra games, drink some beer and participate in silent action.

    There will be food, a beer garden, an indoor golf longest drive competition, silent auction and other family games.

    Date to be determined.

    In The News

    Over 100 volunteers, including survivors of the October 1st shooting in Las Vegas, came together Saturday morning to assemble 1,000 baskets for first responders.

    Chad and Jennifer Robertson were two of more than 150 Coloradans who survived the October 1st shooting in Las Vegas.  Chad wanted to do something nice for the first responders who helped him; give them a little something to say thank you. Soon he had raised close to $40,000; enough to provide thank you baskets to 1,000 first responders who helped that night.

    vegas shooting baskets 4 Denver Survivors Of Las Vegas Shooting Send Thanks To First Responders

    “It’s pretty amazing,” said Melody Mesmer, co-founder of Foundation 1023, an organization that helps provide mental health services to first responders and their families.

    “Having the availability to turn good from something bad is always good for our environment and our communities and it also helps spread the message of taking care of each other and being kind to each other,” said Mesmer.  Foundation 1023 is just one of the many organizations who came together to help fill the baskets with meaningful gifts.


    “There’s a lot of good people out there.  For as horrible as this man was who created this crime and did this to this venue and all these people. … There’s way more good people in the world than bad people,” said Chad.

    How Foundation 1023 makes a difference