The CARES UP Initiative:

  • Changing the Conversation
  • Awareness
  • Resilience
  • Empower Peers
  • Skills Building/Suicide Prevention
  • Uniformed Personnel

CARES UP will help uniformed personnel including police and other law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service members, corrections officers, and military veterans learn to manage stress in healthy ways and seek help when they need it. We know there are cultural and organizational barriers that prevent help seeking. We also know uniformed personnel have key strengths that keep them safe. Our program builds on this resiliency, bravery, teamwork, and connection.

Learn more about our suicide prevention and wellness work with first responders by visiting  – or email

Grant Awardees

List of Awardees:


  • Albany County Sheriff’s Office
  • Allegany County Sheriff’s Office
  • Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office

Emergency Medical Services:

  • Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps Inc.
  • Town of Colonie EMS Department

Fire Department:

  • City of Olean Fire Department
  • City of Watervliet Fire Department

Law Enforcement:

  • Albany Police Department
  • Town of Clarkstown Police Department
  • Erie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Village of Mamaroneck Police Department
  • Port Chester Police Department

Veteran Serving Organizations:

  • PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program – Rensselaer County
  • Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency
  • WNY Heroes