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Nov. 30 — 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Register now for this free webinar!

Not everyone is able to talk about the experiences first responders have in the line of duty. Take part in a free webinar on Nov. 30 to learn how you, as a city leader, can assist your public safety staff and encourage their wellbeing by starting a peer support program in your city.

What is a peer support program?

People with shared experiences can help each other in ways others aren’t able to do. Peer support programs bring together trained colleagues with fellow public safety personnel to provide assistance during times of personal or professional crisis. Peer support helps to proactively maintain and promote wellbeing by offering a level of understanding that can’t be found in other areas.

How can cities develop these programs?

Organizational support, especially from city leaders, is vital to the success and longevity of a peer support program. During this free webinar, city staff from Minnetonka and St. Cloud will share how they developed, implemented, and continue to support peer support programs in their cities. You’ll come away with information on policy development, how to select and train peer support people, and what you can do to continue to support public safety staff.

Take part in this free webinar to:

  • Understand what peer support is and why it’s important.
  • Explore the benefits of peer support programs.
  • Review the costs, time, and basics of these programs.
  • Learn the steps to starting a peer support program for your public safety personnel.
  • Become familiar with commonly accepted practices to maintain a peer support structure.
  • Discuss potential legal and data practices concerns.

Do you have questions about peer support programs? Email them to

Additional Resources

PTSD and Mental Health Toolkit: Peer Support Programs

Protecting the Protectors (originally published in Minnesota Cities magazine)


Scott Marks, Community Engagement Officer, City of Minnetonka
Brett Mushatt, Commander of Operations Division, City of St. Cloud


Lora Setter, Public Safety Program Coordinator, League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust

Who Should Attend

Administrators, managers, clerks, human resources staff, mayors, and council members



Date & Time

Nov. 30 — 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
A recording of the webinar will be available by Dec. 1.


You will be participating via the internet using GoToWebinar. An email confirmation with instructions to join the session will be sent after registration is completed.