Here is what participants have to say about the First Eyes® workshop...
“We find it hard to criticize this program. It is unlike anything that we have ever experienced. In just 6 hours, you have caused us to understand clearly what we have been struggling with for years. If this was around several years ago, it would have made life a lot easier. Now that it is, it may well be what gets us through it. Thank you!” Kevin W.
“The training comprehensively organized the process of experiencing PTSD. It was inclusive of all family members which is invaluable. It used plain language and explained concepts well. This was great training that is useful to all first-responders and family at the outset of a career or with decades of experience.” Natalie N.
“I could relate to everything being said. Instructor lived the material being delivered. That experience will draw trust and “buy-in” from the audience. Keep pushing.” Anthony M.
"Great presentation; clear and concise, easy to understand. Humour injected was appropriate and great to break up the emotions brought out. Much needed to hear that partners and family need support too. It is definitely lacking." Lorie M.
“My wife and I wish you the best. We hope you continue this mission. First Eyes® approach is unique. So many will benefit. Keep it up.” Norm R.
“Very open and accepting of perspectives. Financial component a great idea.” Dugald T.
Shelley Bertram Fallis
“Dan Bowers was a keynote speaker at our PTSD Information Night. Dan has a brave heart and was not afraid to be vulnerable when talking about his own private battle. Dan shared his experience, strength and hope for healing and happiness. His talk was honest and well-received by the attendees, many of whom approached him afterwards. I am thankful that Dan has taken the path of teaching early detection & intervention so that others may recognize the signs & symptoms of mental health challenges and also know without a doubt that they are not alone.”
Veteran’s Service Officer, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 77, Lakefield, Ontario
Lieutenant Tim Grutzius
“Dan Bowers is a very passionate advocate on mental health issues. His First Eyes Program addresses a much-needed population that is often left behind in the first responder world; the families and significant others.
This program works for both new and veteran first responder families. Having a support system in place before issues manifest is paramount to a long, healthy, career and retirement.”
Illinois Firefighter Peer Support Team
“Dan, I want to thank you once again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to deliver your presentation to our staff team last evening.
I have had the opportunity to speak with a few of the individuals who were present and all had very positive take-aways from your presentation. I believe some of your 'talking points’ will resonate with all participants in the upcoming days, weeks and months ahead. I believe this is a good thing. My initial instinct is the message was well-received by all, so kudos to you, Dan! I was quite impressed how captivated the group was and the message has left a lasting impression.
On behalf of the Phoenix staff team, my sincere thanks. Please know you are always welcome to stop in for a visit…the coffee is on."
Executive Director - Phoenix House
Sylvio (Syd) Gravel, M.O.M.
“I have had the distinct pleasure of presenting with Dan and I can attest that he speaks from the heart, with clarity and to the point. Dan draws from his own lived-experience to validate clinical observations in addressing family and spousal reactions to trauma.
Based on his lived-experience, he is most-qualified to speak to what often occurs when spouses and their families face trauma. Dan is also able to suggest positive and proactive best practices to help families through the experience.
It is Dan's most sincere belief that the right amount of information, given before tragedy strikes, goes a long way in helping the family unit maintain the bonds of love and caring that tie them together. This resilience can help in the recovery process for everyone affected.”
National Police Advisor - Badge of Life Canada
Peer Support Special Advisor - Mood Disorder Society of Canada