Today is National PTSD Awareness Day in the United States and should be a call to action for law enforcement to begin discussions about PTSD within our organizations, and begin the processes needed to manage and treat this disorder which plagues so many within our ranks.
Many law enforcement officers, many members of the armed forces, women and children who have been victimized and many many other people around the country and the world suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and we… still have much to learn about this disorder.
Today is a day to learn, discover and help ourselves and others afflicted by this disorder. You can learn more from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD website by CLICKING HERE.
At The Law Enforcement Survival Institute we train law enforcement officers to cope with stress and manage all the toxic effects and hidden dangers of a career in law enforcement.
Here are some resource we are aware of specific for law enforcement:
The two best crisis hotlines I know of for cops are “SAFE CALL NOW” at (206) 459-3020 which is staffed by first responder volunteers many of whom are police officers.
And the Cop2Cop program run by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and UBHC University Behavioral Healthcare at 1-866-Cop-2Cop (1-866-267-2267)
The CopsAlive.com blog is written so as to start a discussion within our profession about the issues we cover, and we welcome you sharing your opinions in the Comment Box that is at the bottom of this article.
The “Tears of a Cop” website also offers “Signs and Symptoms of PTSD” at http://www.tearsofacop.com/police/ptsd.html
Lisa Wimberger is our CopsAlive Contributing Writer on Stress Management.
You can visit her website at http://www.tpconsultinggroup.com
Here are links to some of our other articles and interviews on the stresses of law enforcement and PTSD:
Wellness Advice From a 30 Veteran of Law Enforcement
As A Police Officer How Would You Handle PTSD or a Disability?
Police Officers Need to Learn to Manage Stress Before it Ruins Their Lives and Careers
The Pain Behind the Badge
As Cops We Must Prevent Police Officer Suicides
Creating Peer and Family Support Groups for Police Agencies
Here are a couple of other national suicide hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE(784-2433) OR 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
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