The On Guard Initiative was established in 2012 by Bryanna Mellen and Julie Willand. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention among correction officers.

On August 25th, 2011, Bryanna’s father committed suicide at age 46 after 22 years of working as a correction officer for the state of Massachusetts. After this, Bryanna and Julie discovered that correction officers are 39% more likely than any other occupation to commit suicide, and their life expectancy is only 58 years old. In response to these alarming statistics they decided to gather a team together and start raising awareness about what has been described as an “epidemic”.

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RESPOND is a Corrections, Public Safety, and Family Member assistance program dedicated to provide the following confidential services to our dedicated brother and sister professionals. RESPOND was developed by retired Corrections Officers with over 80 years of experience.

Respond offers the following services and training to Employee Assistance Programs, Public Safety Unions, and Agencies.

  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Referral Network
  • Confidential Services
  • Specialized Training for Staff & Clinicians
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment
  • PTSD
  • Follow Up After Care
  • Peer Counselor Support
  • Seminars/Conferences Presentations
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Training Includes
  • Early Warning Signs for the Troubled Employee
  • Supervisor/ Steward Training
  • Coping Techniques
  • Stress Management

Contact by Phone:
Aida Ouillette, Director, 508-844-1800
Gary Ouillette, 508-274-5184

24/7 accessibility
Confidentiality Assured