" The need for mental health and wellness resources for our first responders, law enforcement and military service members is at unprecedented levels. The "It's a Calling Foundation" was created to meet that need." - Dr. Sara Metz, PsyD.
Serving Those Who Serve
It is no secret that many emergency first-responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel and veterans experience psychological trauma, substance and addiction related issues, family and relationship challenges, and other mental health distress during their career and into retirement.
To help address these challenges and heal these injuries, the need for culturally competent mental health wellness resources are at unprecedented levels.
Who is eligible for It's a Calling Foundation services?
Active and retired Law Enforcement Officers (local, state and federal), Firefighters, Corrections Officers, Dispatchers, Crime Scene Investigators, Victim Advocates, Search & Rescue Personnel, Frontline Medical Personnel and members of their family (spouse/partner and dependent children).
Active and retired military personnel who served in one of the six branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and Reserves (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force) and members of their family (spouse/partner and dependent children).
What kinds of challenges can the It’s a Calling Foundation help with?
Our team is here to help with the mental health challenges commonly faced by veterans and responders including:
Who is providing/supervising the therapy?
Our therapists are master’s-level students that have received specialized training in military and responder culture (many of whom are responders and veterans themselves) and who are supervised by licensed psychologists or psychotherapists.
Where do counseling session take place?
The It’s a Calling Foundation is partnered with Code-4 Counseling and therapists/clients will have access to office space at Code-4 Counseling in Lone Tree, CO. We also recognize the needs for services around the state and will provide access to a HIPPA-compliant virtual platform for tele-health and will also work to accommodate agency needs at locations around the state as needed.
The It’s a Calling Foundation (IACF) was established under the direction of Code-4 Counseling’s Dr. Sara Metz, and retired police chief Nick Metz.
Dr. Sara Metz
Dr. Sara and Nick are well known for their outreach and commitment in supporting our heroes who risk so much for our communities. Their deeply personal relationship with the responder community and their awareness of the gaps of care military and responder personnel often encounter inspires them daily to find new and innovative ways of doing more. Through their work, Dr. Sara and Nick recognized how important it was to ensure the health and wellness of our protectors by offering that same level of support to the families who share the journey with their loved one.
Dr. Sara and Nick founded the It's a Calling Foundation in late 2021. This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization is completely dedicated to raising the much needed funding to enhance the level of mental health and wellness support that our responders and military personnel greatly need. IACF is ready and committed to identify the resources needed and to create programs that will positively impact these important population- impacts that will be felt for years to come.
The Phoenix is legendary as a symbol of transformation and resurrection after loss. Creating meaning from our experiences speaks directly to the mission of the It's A Calling Foundation.
Save The Date
You asked, so we made it happen! Mark your calendars for the second annual LevelUP! Well-being conference for First Responders and their families.
Were you were unable to make it last year? Let us tell you about it!
This isn't your average wellness conference. We are not here to talk at you, we're here to talk with you, and for you to be part of the conversation. Our goal is to change the narrative and end the silence of suffering so many first responders and their families edure. Though our first responder families may never feel the heat of the fire or the fear of running towards danger, we encourage them to participate because they walk the journey with us.
Want to know more? Check out the LevelUP! Website