Articles Filed Under 'Plan Your Health'

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The Visitor That Would Not Leave

In my department, certain calls are expected to cause trauma such as an officer involved shooting or a line of duty death. When something like that happens, peer support is automatically activated and in the case of the officer involved shooting, the officer involved has to see the police psychologist before returning back to work on the road. Healthy coping mechanisms may include exercise, meditation, going to the beach, walking in the park or any number of activities that allow you to decompress and process the events and scenes that you had experienced. Talking to a trusted person might help. Maybe a chaplain or similar individual. In some cases, a professional might be what is needed. Before that can happen, a change in our culture is needed. We have to believe that is alright to ask for help. It is not weakness, but strength that allows you to ask for help.

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The Difference Between Spiritual Survival Training and Chaplaincy

Spiritual Survival Training and Chaplaincy are not the same. Spiritual Survival training addresses a very specific aspect of the law enforcement experience: the spiritual dimension. The goal is to help officers recognize and acknowledge the noble idealism and integrity within the human spirit that brings them into the career. The aim is to help them identify the toxins that daily deplete and exhaust their spirit, equip them with tools to nourish and replenish their precious idealism and integrity, and renew their commitment to faithful performance of their law enforcement mission.

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

PTSD Awareness Day June 2017

PTSD is an issue for law enforcement officers and other professionals in our industry as well as many emergency responders. There is lots of good information out there we just need to start looking and ask for help!

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Armor Your Self and Build Tactical Resilience

If law enforcement officers did a true threat assessment of their careers, they would realize that the real dangers lie not with the bad guys, but within the stresses of the job. Tactical Resilience™ is built by intentionally strengthening and conditioning your Self physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Free webinar For Men Who Think of Sirens as Driving Music

Free webinar For Men Who Think of Sirens as Driving Music: Addressing the Emotional Needs of First Responders and Public Safety Officials The Free webinar on Tuesday, April 11th, at 12 noon EST is for Men Who Think of Sirens as Driving Music: Addressing the Emotional Needs of First Responders and Public Safety Officials. CLICK […]

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Diabetes And Law Enforcement

Sadly, there is a developing body or research, mostly from the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress Study (BCOPS) done by former New York State Trooper John Violanti, Ph.D. and others that suggests our profession alone creates a number of health risks.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Stop Law Enforcement Suicides Now!

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and you no longer have an excuse for not having a law enforcement officer suicide prevention program in your agency learn more from our partners at mantherapy.org and visit www.CopsAlive.com/SuicidePrevention

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Today is PTSD Awareness Day in the United States

Good mental health, like good physical health doesn’t come automatically, you have to work to build strength in both areas and taking care of your emotional Self is as important as taking care of your physical Self.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Understanding and Developing Your Emotional & Spiritual Health

Experiencing a great quality of life involves a balance between your physical, your emotional and your spiritual selves. Many people usually give their physical self the majority of attention and the emotional self receives a very small minority of attention. Leaving, more often than not, the spiritual self totally abandoned and without any intentional nurturing.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

New Training Guide to Elevate Suicide Prevention Efforts within the National Law Enforcement Community

“Our public servants in law enforcement deserve our utmost care and consideration for their difficult and often dangerous jobs. Their mental health and overall well-being is a concern for all of us. This guide will help the law enforcement work environment become a safer place for those law enforcement officers who are struggling or in distress,” said Doryn Chervin, Dr.P.H. Executive Secretary, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and Vice President and Senior Scientist at Education Development Center, Inc. Division of Health and Human Development.