RISE for First Responders

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

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.

Experience RISE

From private Kripalu faculty-led workshops to on campus open enrollment programs, each RISE offering is an evidence-based approach to stress resiliency.


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

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.

Faculty Monique Schubert

Lead Kripalu Faculty

Faculty Sam Chase

Lead Kripalu Faculty

Faculty Michelle Dalbec

Lead Kripalu Faculty

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