About Us

Our Story

Code 1 Wellness was founded, in May 2018 by a first responder in the Kansas City area. Our outpouring of concerns with mental health in our communities is a pandemic within itself. Our communities have serval contributing factors that have on going effects that are causing concerns among our communities, first responders and veterans. 

Code 1 Wellness was created to serve our communities with a program that will provide Pre and Post tools along with many services that align with the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Our Mission

The mission of Code 1 Wellness gives communities, first responders and veterans the help they deserve through physical, mental, and social well-being treatment. Code 1 Wellness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is here to serve and protect the lives of those who protect others.

Our Founder

Vanessa Kennedy is a formidable figure in various aspects of her life. A dedicated police officer, compassionate CEO, innovative founder, loving daughter, caring aunt, and accomplished author, she embodies the spirit of service and leadership in all she does. With a diverse background spanning law enforcement, corporate leadership, entrepreneurship, and literature, Vanessa is truly a force to be reckoned with.

As a seasoned police officer, Vanessa possesses a deep understanding of the struggles and stressors faced by those in law enforcement and first-responder roles. Witnessing the physical, emotional, and mental challenges often experienced by her colleagues, she felt a profound duty to provide help outside the limited resources typically available within their departments.

This commitment to her fellow officers and first responders spurred her to step into the role of CEO, and in doing so, she founded Code 1 Wellness. Her leadership, characterized by compassion and dedication, aims to address the mental health crisis among first responders. Through Code 1 Wellness, Vanessa endeavors to provide a safe haven for first responders to seek help and to build resilience against the unique challenges they face.

As a daughter and an aunt, Vanessa understands the importance of strong family bonds and the role they play in maintaining mental well-being. Her sensitivity to these relationships is reflected in her holistic approach to mental health, which includes support systems for the families of first responders as well.

Vanessa’s drive to support others extends beyond the professional realm. An accomplished author, she uses the power of the written word to spread awareness about the struggles faced by those in high-stress professions, empowering them to seek help and promoting greater understanding among the public.

Vanessa Kennedy’s life and work is a testament to her resilience, empathy, and dedication. She not only talks the talk but walks the walk, turning her experiences into a platform for helping others. In Code 1 Wellness, she has created an essential resource for those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving others, reinforcing the idea that no one should feel alone in their struggles.

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