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These action items can help officers incorporate mental fitness strategies into their daily routines
Researchers are working to improve the measurement of death by suicide of law enforcement officers in the United States
Unlike common approaches to wellness, COMPASS is designed to tailor program implementation to the conditions that are unique to each agency
Here are the signs to look for
Here are some ways to help yourself stay physically and mentally fit
“Our film gives a voice to the spouses, significant others and children of the police family,” the media company’s release states
“Officers today see a lot of hard stuff on the road and on the jobs that they do, so [C.J.] serves to support them and help me whenever I’m providing mental health treatment,” an official said
Matthew Hunter claimed he was given disproportionate punishment for his offense because he had disclosed his diagnosis
Sheriff McMahill: “If we take care of our responders better than we ever have, they’re going to take care of this community better than they ever have”
The Irving Police Department and Irving Fire Department combined forces to offer EMDR therapy, an employee health clinic, wellness incentives and much more
Tactically sound officers, with the best officer survival skills and training, seem to suffer the most in the aftermath of getting shot. Read on to understand why
First responders like to avoid admitting their weaknesses and getting help with mental health struggles; isn’t it time for a change?
Implement these steps to help ensure when your officers are asked how they are holding up after an OIS you’ll get an answer that’s better than “I’m okay.”
Constructive strategies are needed, including industry standards for physical and mental health and supervisor training to detect and respond to signs of distress
First responders in Kansas hope the Missouri bill will encourage their own legislators to pass a similar PTSD benefits bill
A unique chaplaincy partnership reveals the similar storms police and EMS professionals weather
Understanding the physical impact on the brain can help destigmatize trauma-related injury and mitigate the impacts of trauma
“The impacts of post-traumatic stress are well documented and can have an immeasurable toll on emergency responders,” said Governor Maura Healey
Remember that it’s okay not to be okay but not to stay that way
It is imperative that officers process their emotions after exposure to these events to avoid long-term mental health issues
You will face traumatic incidents, so learn to build your resilience from day one, and accept help when you experience something above your ability to process
Stigma can prevent officers from seeking the support they need, leading to negative outcomes such as burnout, substance abuse and even suicide