You can chat online


or for first responders go to:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you are in a crisis and need someone to talk to right away, or you are concerned about someone else, call:


Or send a text message to:



24/7 anonymous phone, chat and referral service using a “Marine to Marine” approach. 


tragedy assistance program for survivors (TAPS) 

Whether you are in emotional crisis, need to connect with TAPS resources and programs, or just need to remind yourself hat you are part of a loving, suppotive family. 

1-800-959-TAPS (8277)


We also confidently recommend the following programs to assist you or a loved one.

Cohen Veterans Network

The Cohen Veterans Network was founded in 2016 to serve veterans and families offering brief, client-centered therapy.

The Shepherd’s Center

The Shepherd’s Center offers quality, spiritually-sensitive counseling for people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Warriors Heart

Warriors Heart provides treatment for PTSD, addiction and chemical dependency treatment for active military, veterans, and first responders.

Camp Valhalla

Camp Valhalla gives veterans an opportunity to dismiss the stress of transitioning to civilian life by providing an all-inclusive weekend camping retreat.

Boulder Crest

Boulder Crest improves the physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic wellbeing of our nation’s military, veterans, first responders, and their family members.

Wounded Warrior Project

Serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wounds while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.

Saudi McVea

As a mother and military member who has lost her son, an Army veteran, to suicide because of PTSD and the trauma of war; the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has given me hope that there are real opportunities for Post-Traumatic growth and healing right here in the PNW. This organization has found real alternative programs and follow up care, to give tools to combat hopelessness, and make positive changes in veterans, active duty, and first responders. When I reached out after my loss, with open arms of compassion they brought me in and gave me hope.

Saudi McVea


Josh Brandon

The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has had a direct impact on the lives of combat veterans with PTSD through our local and national programs. They are partners in our efforts to develop alternative methods for overcoming PTSD through empowering both local and national vet-run projects. The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation is what all veteran service organizations should strive to be: in the trenches empowering veterans through local community support.

Josh Brandon
James Hatch

I have dealt with the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation on several levels, and I think the most amazing thing that the organization does is one of the hardest things to do in this field. Leslie and her team have learned how to connect the civilian populace to veterans and vice-verse. In a culture where there is a certain level of discomfort when these two disparate groups meet, Leslie has cracked the code and helped both groups understand how to communicate and take care of one another. This is a talent few other organizations have, and is why I support them whenever I have the opportunity.

James Hatch
Veteran – Spikes K9 Fund
Tim Brown

Teaching resilience through my personal story of 9/11 survival to the heroes who picked up the flag when we were down and out is one of the most rewarding ways I can respect and remember the lives of my friends who were taken too soon. Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation is a great way to reach our heroes who need to hear that story. I hope it helps them see the light of a beautiful life.

Tim Brown
The Bravest Firefighter – 9/11

Mike Flood - Seattle Seahawks Vice President of Community Outreach

For the Seattle Seahawks, Permission To Start Dreaming has educated us on the nature of PTSD problems and solutions, and provided us with a way to give back to service members and their families. It has been invigorating to be involved in the Foundation’s professional and effective support of service men and women who have given so much to our country.

Mike Flood

Seattle Seahawks Vice President of Community Outreach

Who We Are

We are committed to bringing hope and healing to our first responders, military members, veterans and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma.

Do You Need Help?

If you are in a crisis and need to talk right away, or you are concerned about somebody else, there is always someone to listen and help.