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As a police officer, you need a personal support network to help you deal with trauma; your spouse and friends are a good place to start
A unique chaplaincy partnership reveals the similar storms police and EMS professionals weather
Make mental health a priority to strengthen your personnel’s resilience
“The impacts of post-traumatic stress are well documented and can have an immeasurable toll on emergency responders,” said Governor Maura Healey
A grant allowed the Cordico wellness app to be available to officers, deputies, corrections officers and dispatchers
It threatens lives and inhibits performance – here’s what to do about it
Peer support can decrease the unnecessary suffering of coworkers and give the peer supporter a greater sense of purpose
Do those in public safety do a good job of taking advantage of what’s available to help them in their times of need?
While there are differing peer support and CISD models, there are recognized best practices you should consider
“When you are dealing with things like a mass casualty with children, it is going to penetrate your armor.”
When developing a peer support program, public safety agencies must consider the program from all angles and answer key questions
It’s not just about eating right and exercise; the wellness team also focuses on the mind-body-soul connection
In this Q&A, we examine the opportunities peer support presents agencies, as well as best practices. There are pointers for existing teams and tips for setting one up from the ground level.
The average patrol officer has the most potential to shape and influence how our profession is perceived by the public
How peer support helped an officer through trying times
As a leader, you are creating a partnership with your people, for your people, for their health and wellness
Peer intervention training from Axon teaches officers ways to approach a fellow officer about troublesome behavior
Like any special ops team, a law enforcement peer support team has a mission to fulfill
Does your department keep a list of possible projects for grant-funding opportunities?
With law enforcement blamed for society’s ills and the future of policing uncertain, officers face new traumas and total exhaustion
Peer support can act as one facet of treatment alongside professional counseling, group therapy or medical treatment
When implemented effectively, a peer support program can be one of the best resources for first responders to access help
COPS Office report outlines shortfall of departments in providing adequate mental health resources officers feel comfortable accessing
Training, mental health resources are essential to support first responders facing both the opioid crisis and COVID-19 outbreak
A meditation room, therapy dog and heart rate variability tools are all part of a peer support program designed to improve employee wellness
An FOP survey found that 90% of officers believe there is still a stigma that prevents cops from seeking help for emotional or behavioral health issues