RISE for First Responders

Kripalu’s evidence-based resilience program, RISE™, is anchored in the science of mindfulness, yoga, and positive psychology.

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We Bring RISE to Where It's Needed Most

For first responders, stress is in the job description. And it manifests in a multitude of ways—from burnout and decreased job satisfaction to higher rates of chronic stress.

Here's what we know

  • A law enforcement officer is 25 times more likely to suffer death and disability from heart disease than from violence on the job
  • As many as 37% of firefighters experience some form of post-traumatic stress
  • More law enforcement officers die by suicide than are killed in the line of duty.*

As a police officer, firefighter, or EMT, you can't escape stress. But what you can control is how you manage it. That's where RISE comes in.

* Sources: International Associate of Chiefs of Police, American Psychological Association, warriorsheart.com

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

RISE is Evidence-Based

"No human was made to experience and process what we see on a daily basis. What I learned at RISE is that one of the best ways to handle stress is conscious breathing...It goes a long way toward making sure you're an asset to the department rather than a liability." —Sergeant Donald Slimmer, Baltimore police force

RISE is an evidence-based stress-resilience training specifically tailored to the unique stressors of first responders. Developed by Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in partnership with law enforcement agencies and frontline providers, the RISE program brings together more than a decade of research in mindfulness, resilience, brain science, and human behavior.

RISE is specifically designed to support

  • Greater clarity and resilience
  • Improved social emotional learning
  • Healthier learning climates
  • Enhanced work/life integration
  • Decreased burnout rate.

RISE training's have been rigorously evaluated by scientists, including our research partners at Brigham and Women's hospital. Individuals in high-stress professions who experience the RISE program report profound results—increases in resilience, mindfulness, engagement, and positivity. Our research outcomes have been widely published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Wellness. For more research on the benefits of RISE view our RISE Resources & Research page.

RISE Mindfulness Tools Have Been Demonstrated to
• Enable better risk management
• Address symptoms of and recovery from second hand trauma
• Enhance mental fitness, making it easier to pay attention, stay calm, and improve situational awareness
• Reduce performance anxiety.
Our Research Shows That RISE Participants Experience
32% reduction in perceived stress
13% increase in mindfulness
10% increase in empowerment

Upcoming Trainings

Online Format

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Kripalu Campus Format

Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, we have made a decision not to reopen in 2020. All programs and trainings at the retreat center will be canceled this year. Read more.

RISE Put to Use

From Detention to Rehabilitation

Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center

Located in Colchester, Vermont, Woodside is the only lockdown facility for adolescents in the state. It provides short- and long-term placements and treatment services for youth in a safe and secure environment.

Woodside staff attend Kripalu immersion programs and Aron Steward, assistant director at Woodside and a Kripalu Yoga teacher, says they return “not only with tools for taking better care of themselves, but also with a whole new perspective on how to work with the kids. They’re using yoga, breathing techniques, meditation, and mindfulness to intervene when there’s a crisis.” Residents practice these tools in weekly yoga classes at Woodside, with staff participating alongside the kids.

Read more about RISE at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center.

RISE Facilitators

Our expert facilitators bring years of experience in delivering mindfulness programming, and are trained specifically to offer RISE to executive leadership and individuals in high-stress industries.

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