Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio
The Resilient First Responder

The Resilient First Responder

This show offers information, resources, and contacts to help first responders build resilience to the stressors related to their work. Interviews & discussions in each episode help break the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. Hosted by Rich Palmer, retired assistant chief, and firefighter/paramedic, now Outreach Coordinator for Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.

Recent Episodes

Well, Well, Well - Let's Talk with the MHA Wellness Coaches

May 30, 2023

is pleased to offer a number of wellness coaches for first responder agencies, behavioral health organizations, and other caregiving agencies. These coaches work on-site at the agencies or through Zoom calls so they can be a…

Women First Responders: Take Care of You While You Take Care of Others

March 6, 2023

Jenni Snyder, Captain of Whitewater Township Fire Department and career safety educator, shares her perspectives on challenges that many women face working as first responders in a traditionally male-dominated environment. R…

What is the Catalyst Project?

Feb. 14, 2023

Amanda Shaw, Program Director, Mental Health and Criminal Justice at MHANKYSWOH shares details about the Catalyst Project, why it is important to reach first responders, and which counties are served by the project.

Coming Soon

Jan. 17, 2023

Rich Palmer, retired Assistant Chief, safety educator, and firefighter/EMT-P introduces the show and shares information about upcoming episodes. This show, brought to you by , promotes resiliency among first responders. The …

Recent Blog Posts

Take a Free and Confidential Mental Health Test

You Can Take a Mental Health Screening for Free One of the valuable resources made available by Mental Health America is the online screening site found at  This site is a helpful space for you to find quick and easy ways t…

Are you familiar with our wellness coaching?

If you are a first responder in the following counties of Kentucky and Ohio, your agency is eligible for grant-funded wellness coaching. The project approach centers on awareness activities, training opportunities, and one-to-one support as the mos…

About the Host

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Rich Palmer

Community Outreach Coordinator

Rich serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.

He recently retired from his role as Assistant Chief with the Prevention Bureau at the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal. He is active in Community Risk Reduction efforts throughout Ohio and beyond. He serves as a contributor to the IFE USA Branch Vision 20/20 project on the Strategy 1 Leadership Team and is the podcast host and producer of the CRR Radio podcast. He is a rece