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 . . .
Many people reacted very quickly and very strongly to our last article regarding what NOT to say to a suicidal person. Some disagreed with some (or all) of the statements in that list . . . but most just wanted to know how to be better prepared to intervene with someone having suicidal thoughts. What […]Read More Questions to ask a suicidal person . . .
Perhaps a friend or loved one has just told you about a desire to die, or perhaps you suspect that they are having trouble with suicidal thoughts because of other warning signs that you’ve seen. Rather than shrink away from the challenge, your instinct is probably to want to help in some way, right? Knowing […]Read More What NOT to say to a suicidal person . . .
Oh, really? I like hearing that from police officers about as much as police officers like to hear someone say, “I know my rights!” on a traffic stop. And just like you may be tempted to ask, “And exactly which law school did you graduate from?”, I am likely to wonder where you obtained your […]Read More “I Know I Have PTSD!”
Just like a car needs friction on the road in order to move, we all need some stress in our lives in order to be able to function. However, just like a car that is poorly maintained and overdriven, we can suffer from stress overload and end up in trouble if we are not careful. […]Read More Three Stages of Burnout