The needs of the firefighter community are our top priority. Our services are always independent, confidential, and free of charge for active and retired FDNY firefighters and family members. We are therefore very pleased to inform you that a special grant from the van Ameringen Foundation is helping us expand our mental health services beginning this month, as outlined below.

MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM: Again, with thanks to the van Ameringen Foundation, we are now able to offer expanded mental health days and hours.

Manhattan: In addition to Monday and Thursday appointments in Queens, Lauren Johnson, LMFT now provides counseling in Manhattan on Wednesdays and Fridays
Woodbury: Lauren now also provides counseling in Woodbury on Tuesdays
Brooklyn: In addition to Bronx appointments on Wednesday, Justin Kennard, LCSW provides counseling in Brooklyn on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9AM – 5PM

For more details on our mental health program, provided in each borough, visit our services page


A grant from New York State allowed us to implement several new mental health programs. With the conclusion of the grant this September, we will see some changes in services supported by the grant, while continuing to focus our resources where they are needed most. For anyone impacted by the following changes, be assured that we at FoF continue to work diligently in order to meet the mental health and wellness service needs of you and your families.

The following programs will be gradually phased out, and concluded this fall.

FOF INTERNET COUNSELING PROGRAM (ICP): This program will close on September 30, 2015.

If you are already enrolled in one of the programs, you will continue to have access to the program in which you are enrolled until the end of the year. One of our counselors will also contact you to discuss additional ways in which we may meet your needs, or please contact us at 718-643-0980.

Until ICP closes make sure to check out one of the programs, which take 4 – 10 weeks to complete. ICP is an at home solution for common behavioral health problems such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, and substance abuse. These programs require a secure log-in and can be accessed at any time of day or night, and are now available to you to use on your smart phone or tablet. Get started at

FOF ON THE LINE HOTLINE: Our 24/7 hotline will also close September 30, 2015. Until then, if you find yourself in crisis or needing to speak with a counselor you can reach our hotline around the clock at 1-866-339-7717.

Alternate crisis hotline options, outside of FoF:

Share the Load – 1-888-731-FIRE (3473): Share the Load is a support program for Fire and EMS including a 24/7 hotline and tools and training available to help individuals and departments address behavioral health issues.

Samaritans 24-Hour Crisis Hotline – 212-673-3000: Samaritans’ free, confidential, 24-hour emotional support and crisis response hotline service is available on an immediate and ongoing basis to help people cope with difficulties, including illness, trauma, or loss.


This is a reminder of our other services available, all of which are independent, confidential, and free of charge for active and retired FDNY firefighters and family members. Services are available in all five boroughs.

• Counseling
• Peer Program (one-on-one and group)
• Women’s Support Group
• Acupuncture
• Peak Performance Coaching
• Yoga
• Financial Guidance
• Checkpoint Charlie Scholarship

For details on these services visit our services page. Please contact Drew in our office at 718-643-0980 or to set up an appointment for any of our services.


In addition to the alternative hotlines above, we provide information on a number of resources outside of our organization, listed here, or contact us for a referral.

For any questions about Friends of Firefighters, and ways in which we may assist you and your family, please contact us at 718-643-0980 or If you are in crisis, call one of the 24/7 hotlines listed above.