Sadly, first responders, especially in some of America’s most populated metropolitan areas, are no strangers to tragedies and crisis events. These events may include individual or mass violence, medical emergencies, challenges to law and order, large-scale disasters that are natural or human induced, terrorism, and even warfare. Communities may experience emergencies that result in either […]Read More The Reality of Tragedy and Crisis
I often say that these 2 words should never be used together in the same sentence: “just stress.” Every major organization of medical and mental health professionals will tell you that the effects of stress can be damaging to both your mind and to your body.Read More “It’s Just Stress”
When you are a new police officer you get told many things. You learn the laws, how to answer calls, what to do in case this happens or that happens. But one thing they don’t cover enough is the mental health aspect of the job. Oddly enough, one of the first things I remember being told as a new police officer is, “This job will change you.”Read More This Job Will Change You
by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt Historian Arnold Toynbee once wrote, “There are always two parties to a death; the person who dies and the survivors who are bereaved.” Unfortunately, many survivors of suicide suffer alone and in silence. The silence that surrounds them often complicates the healing that comes from being encouraged to mourn. Because […]Read More Helping a Survivor Heal
Of all the things that can be most crippling to any individual, any relationship, or any career, are the negative thoughts that we all have that sometimes take over our thinking, which in turn changes our way of approaching certain situations. One well-known psychiatrist makes it a major part of his practice to help people […]Read More These “ANTs” Are Biting You
Psychological stress is a general term that refers to experiences that threaten our ability to cope. We know, of course, that first responders are exposed to experiences on a daily basis that do just that, and often times are even affected by major critical incidents that tend to overwhelm their normal coping mechanisms. As this […]Read More The Many Facets of Stress
It is commonly reported that in the United States a police officer dies in the line of duty every 58 hours. So far in 2018 the total has reached 93 – a 7% increase over this same time last year. Firearms-related deaths are up by 28%, while traffic-related deaths and deaths from other causes (like […]Read More The “other” line of duty death . . .