“We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us”

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.  We call it “negative self talk.”  One well-known psychiatrist makes it a major partContinue reading ““We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us””

The Many Facets of Stress

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 thisContinue reading “The Many Facets of Stress”

The “other” line of duty death . . .

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 (likeContinue reading “The “other” line of duty death . . .”

Questions to ask a suicidal person . . .

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.  WhatContinue reading “Questions to ask a suicidal person . . .”

What NOT to say to 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?  KnowingContinue reading “What NOT to say to a suicidal person . . .”