Breaking the Stigma – Part 5

When we left off last time, we said that we were going to be addressing the three things that first responders need to manage stress, especially in the immediate aftermath of a critical incident.  Those three things are ventilation, validation, and education. Ventilation is the process through which we encourage and allow individuals to expressContinue reading “Breaking the Stigma – Part 5”

Breaking the Stigma – Part 4

Some of the best clinicians to deal with the needs of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and others in similar careers, are those who have a background in emergency services themselves.  It is not unusual at all to see clinicians who advertise that they treat first responders to have such a background.  For example, one ofContinue reading “Breaking the Stigma – Part 4”

Breaking the Stigma – Part 3

I am always quick to point out that our response to stress and trauma in emergency services has to include a mental health component.  Please don’t assume that I have anything against licensed clinicians; they occupy an important space in the overall approach to addressing the needs our first responders have in the area ofContinue reading “Breaking the Stigma – Part 3”

Breaking the Stigma – Part 2

People working in emergency services often have difficulty balancing their work life and their home life.  First responders often feel as though they are “married to the job” because they end up spending more time with the people they work with than they often have the chance to spend with their own families. First responders,Continue reading “Breaking the Stigma – Part 2”

Your Can’t Pour from an Empty COP

By Guest Author Jonathan Hickory As a cop, I live for my days off.  And when I finally get to my first off day—the day that I had planned to take on the world, Walmart, the gym, and that moldy stuff in the back of the fridge—I just want to disappear in between the cushionsContinue reading “Your Can’t Pour from an Empty COP”