PTSD Awareness Day June 2017

Today is PTSD Awareness Day 2017 and June is PTSD Awareness Month here in the United States. Law enforcement officers can experience overwhelming issues of cumulative stress and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder known as PTSD. We need to start taking care of each other.

For the best information available I would refer you to the best resource I know of which is the The National Center for PTSD run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. They work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma and that would apply to veterans as well as law enforcement professionals or any other emergency responder.

The website is

Their website has a number of sections that would apply to emergency responders… such as one for the General Public which includes Veterans, the General Public, Family & Friends of the victims of trauma. They say that If you have gone through trauma or know someone who has, this section is for you.

They also have a Section for Professionals like Researchers, Providers & Professional Helpers which would certainly include all of us. They say that If you work with people who have experienced trauma or have PTSD, start with this section.

On the right hand side of their website there is a box that says “Search PILOTS” which is their online resource and the largest citation database on PTSD.

So if you have been experiencing the symptoms of PTSD or know someone who is, this website is the best resource for you to find information right now.

I would also welcome you to use the “Investigate Our Site” search box in the upper right hand corner of our site to search for the articles and stories we have list over our ten year history.

The Law Enforcement Survival Institute is committed to police mental health and the overall wellness and resilience of all law enforcement professionals and other emergency responders. We do this thru on-going wellness research for police officers as well as through our training programs and publications.

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!

For a printed resource on police wellness see John Marx’s new book Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement available for sale on this site as well as thru and on Amazon.

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John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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