911 Dispatcher Stress- How to Recognize It and Support a Colleague

July 9th, 2019|First Responders|

A 911 dispatch room is a frontline service even though it is sometimes considered backroom work. The staff encounter people when they make that initial 911 call and listen to harrowing details over the phone. They have to get information from distressed folk and [...]

First Responder, Top Priority: Paramedic PTSD and Addiction

July 9th, 2019|First Responders, PTSD|

First Responder, Top Priority: Paramedic PTSD and Addiction Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians are in one of the highest-stress jobs in the world. Every day, these brave men and women are the first people called on in medical emergencies. They are under enormous pressure [...]

The Blue Line: Substance Abuse Among Police Officers

April 9th, 2019|Police Officers, Substance Abuse|

In this country, we rely on the men and women in blue to keep us safe from all manner of dangers. The members of our police forces stand ready and willing to serve and protect at every hour of every day. Yet, for many, that [...]

On Guard, in Trouble: Correction Officers and Substance Abuse

April 9th, 2019|Corrections Officers, Substance Abuse|

Correction officers are a vital part of a lawful society. It is their job to watch over those who were judged and sentenced. They protect civilians from those prisoners, they protect prisoners from each other. Oftentimes, they protect prisoners from themselves. It is a tough [...]

Corrections Officers and Mental Health

April 9th, 2019|Corrections Officers, Mental Health|

When we think about law enforcement and mental health, many people picture police officers. Yet, according to studies, prison workers have a high rate of mental health issues. In fact, some studies show a higher rate of mental health problems in corrections officers than in [...]

PTSD and Substance Abuse: What Is the Correlation?

April 9th, 2019|PTSD, Substance Abuse|

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects those who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Whether it is due to their job, combat experiences, natural disasters, or sexual assault, people with PTSD are more at risk for substance abuse issues. What is the correlation and why [...]

Learning to Cope, Live, and Thrive with PTSD

April 9th, 2019|Mental Health, PTSD|

When you think of someone who has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), you may think of a soldier of war who has endured unspeakable torture or seen horrendous deaths while in a battle, but the disorder encompasses so much more. Educating yourself about the causes of [...]