Code Green Campaign president conducts study on effects of storytelling

The study will help to better understand the effects sharing one’s traumatic experiences via writing has on the mental health of first responders


The Code Green Campaig

SPOKANE, Wash. — Ann Marie Farina, President of The Code Green Campaign is conducting a study through Central Washington University to better understand the effects sharing one’s traumatic experiences via writing has on the mental health of first responders. All former or current first responders over the age of 18 are invited to participate.  

Ann Marie is an undergraduate student in the department of psychology and is working with Dr. Sara Bender on the study. “Being able to conduct this study with Dr. Bender is a great opportunity for me as a student and for Code Green as an organization. This is the first of many studies Code Green hopes to be involved in”.

The Code Green Campaign has run a storytelling program for first responders since 2014, allowing first responders to write about critical incidents or mental health problems they have experienced and share them anonymously through Code Green. People will still be able to submit their stories to Code Green without taking place in the study.

To participate in the study or learn more please go to http://codegreencampaign.org/submissions/submit-a-story/. For any questions regarding this study, please contact the Principal Investigator, J. Ann Maire Farina at farinaj@cwu.edu. You may also contact her research advisor, Dr. Sara Bender at Central Washington University. She may be reached via email at benders@cwu.edu.

The Code Green Campaign is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in March of 2014 to provide education and awareness to the high rates of suicide and mental health problems in first responders. To learn more about The Code Green Campaign and their mission you can visit their website at www.codegreencampaign.org or contact their Public Information Officer Andrew Shannon at pio@codegreencampaign.org or 424-242-9804.

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