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”

Police Suicide – Are We Doing Enough?

It is commonly reported that in the United States a police officer dies in the line of duty every 58 hours.  The 2019 total reached 135 – a 19% decrease from the previous year.  But you’ll almost never see any statistics reported on the “other” line of duty death – police suicide – because thereContinue reading “Police Suicide – Are We Doing Enough?”

Breaking the Stigma – Part 1

There are a variety of incidents that first responders experience in the course of their work that can have an impact on their mental and emotional well-being.  Whether it’s just the constant activity during a shift that keeps them from being able to pause and rest once in a while, or exposure to the gruesomeContinue reading “Breaking the Stigma – Part 1”

How well do you understand PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) first appeared in the 3rd edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, back in 1980 (DSM-III).  The symptoms of PTSD are caused by exposure to specific types of traumatic incidents; however, the vast majority of people who experience trauma do not experienceContinue reading “How well do you understand PTSD?”