'Why did no one tell me this sooner?' Addressing the mental wellness knowledge gap in public safety
Clinical counselor Lindsay Faas discusses how to proactively protect yourself from burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
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"Whether you look at divorce rates, mental health concerns, or the very unfortunate suicide data, first responders face higher risk in all of these areas than 'Joe Citizen.' There needs to be more support, and support that is real and unafraid to tackle the tough stuff. And that support needs to be accessible and consistent." So writes Lindsay Faas, a registered clinical counselor in British Columbia, Canada, who specializes in trauma-related counseling and affiliated concerns including PTSD, complex trauma and dissociative disorders.
Policing Matters host Jim Dudley was a recent guest on Lindsay's podcast "Behind the Line," and now returns the favor, inviting Lindsay on Policing Matters to discuss how first responders can proactively protect themselves from burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.
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Mental wellness resources for first responders
- Download: Smash the stigma: Building a culture that supports officer wellness
- Understand: ‘It’s OK not to be OK, but it’s not OK to stay that way!’
- Listen: The value of mental wellness check-ins for law enforcement
- Review: Benefits of therapy for first responder families
- Learn: Why meditation belongs in law enforcement
- Plan: How to fund officer wellness programs
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