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The value of mental wellness check-ins for law enforcement

Therapist Marie Ridgeway on the role of therapy in improving officer mental health


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Policing is a tough job. There can be experiences and incidents that can drive anyone to the edge. The profession gets better and better with training and education to help us respond appropriately and handle most any situation, but do we do a good job at addressing an officer’s mental health wellness?

Today’s show deals with the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers and their families. Policing Matters host Jim Dudley speaks with master’s level therapist Marie Ridgeway about the role therapy can play in improving officer mental wellness.

Marie’s private practice in the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area of Minnesota has a team of five therapists who work with over 50 public safety agencies and have served thousands of law enforcement officers since 2017.

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